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Women and Cycling

Posted 345 days ago | 12.06.18

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Women and Cycling

UK-wide assessment of cycling looking at more than 7,700 residents of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Greater Manchester has been done by  Sustrans.

Its initial response said: ”Most of our cities are failing to design roads and streets for women to cycle.” Declaring that more dedicated routes would encourage people to ride bikes, it reported that twice as many men as women cycle at least once a week in the cities

Almost three-quarters of women in seven UK cities never ride a bike for local journeys, despite having a positive perception of cycling. 72% feel things would be better if people in general cycled more often and 68% believe their city would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled.

The research found that many women simply do not feel safe cycling. Just 27% thought cycling safety was good in their city.

The response of one cyclist, Verity Leigh from Edinburgh assessment was: "There should be investment in on-road dedicated cycle lanes, protected from motor traffic, that get people to where they want to go directly and efficiently.” 

This is echoed by others in the research results.

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