More Gender Equality In Cycling Velo City 2011


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In almost every country in the world the number of male cyclists compared to women is much higher. What are the reasons for that? Should we try to change it and how?

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More Gender Equality In Cycling Velo City 2011

  1. 1. Balance on the Bike; towards more gender equality in cycling Angela van der Kloof
  2. 2. Facts & figures <ul><li>Santiago, 2007 : 11% of cyclists are women </li></ul><ul><li>Quito, 2009 : 23% of cyclists are women </li></ul><ul><li>US, 2000 : 9 - 32% of cyclists are women </li></ul><ul><li>Brussels, 2010 : 30% of cyclists are women </li></ul><ul><li>Ottawa, 2010 : 28% of cycling trips are made by women </li></ul><ul><li>Statement, 2005 : “The UK’s Department for Transport statistics show that there are roughly twice as many men who cycle than women.” </li></ul>Facts & figures
  3. 3. Why women cycle less than men <ul><li>Fashionable cycling is an issue, but other factors need more attention </li></ul><ul><li>Different needs of women and men in transport and mobility (e.g. in Lima 2000) </li></ul>Why women cycle less than men
  4. 4. Why women cycle less than men <ul><li>Personal Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Women ’s place </li></ul><ul><li>Women and mobility </li></ul><ul><li>Urban planning </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty has a woman ’s face </li></ul>
  5. 5. Why making cycling more interesting for women? <ul><li>General advantages of cycling being environmentally friendly and less space consuming; </li></ul><ul><li>Health aspects; </li></ul><ul><li>Cycling is a way to actively participate in society - to occupy public space; </li></ul><ul><li>Breaking with stereotypes; </li></ul><ul><li>Save money; </li></ul><ul><li>A clear need for cities that include all genders and ages. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Bikeschools for women <ul><li>Aprende a Pedalear, Quito, Ecuador </li></ul><ul><li>Escuela Bici Mujer, Santiago, Chile </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycle Partnership Program, Delhi, India </li></ul><ul><li>Stap op de Fiets, Tilburg, Netherlands </li></ul><ul><li>GearUp! Cycling for Equality, Minneapolis, USA </li></ul><ul><li>Cycling for Women, London, UK </li></ul><ul><li>BIKE SCHOOLS ARE NOT A GOAL IN ITSELF; cycling is a means to get to places and to reach other goals. Other issues can be added: safety in the streets, design that suits women, joined cycle rides. </li></ul><ul><li>THE CHALLENGE IS TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE BIKE SCHOOLS! </li></ul>
  7. 7. Other examples and ideas <ul><li>Cycling groups and rides for women (various places) </li></ul><ul><li>Bicyle Bank, India </li></ul><ul><li>Kanga project, Tanzania </li></ul><ul><li>Micro credit program for bicycles </li></ul><ul><li>Community bike shops </li></ul><ul><li>More women in urban design and transportation planning </li></ul><ul><li>Which other ideas and examples can you add? </li></ul><ul><li>What can you do for more gender equality in cycling? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you need to do this? </li></ul><ul><li>How can we cooperate? </li></ul><ul><li>What will you do for more gender equality in cycling? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Angela van der Kloof
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