Welcome to the Women Cycling Project!
Hosted by Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP), the goal of the Women Cycling Project is to learn together. By connecting and collaborating with others, you can help create a more sustainable transportation culture.
It's been said we will know we have made progress when it is commonplace to see women and girls bicycling for transport in numbers equal to men and boys.
The next Women Cycling Project webinar is set for 3/26/2014. The theme (same as the 2014 Women’s History Month http://www.nwhp.org/) is Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment. If you'd like to be involved in planning the webinar, join this public group and contact Fionnuala Quinn and Kit Keller.
For the latest news, visit www.womencyclingproject.info. Here you'll find recent presentations, webinars, forums, studies, and a guide to hosting your own local women cycling forum or summit.
Why a Women Cycling Project? The idea for the Women Cycling Project and APBP's public group on this topic arose from conversations about findings and implementation recommendations contained in the FHWA, AASHTO, NCHRP International Scan on Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety and Mobility. (Read that report here.) APBP invites further discussion, examples, and new approaches about what policy makers, engineers, planners, public health and other professionals may need to do differently to encourage more women and girls in the U.S. and Canada to bicycle for everyday transport. Use this group space to share information about resources, barriers, and successes. Visit the forum for links to reports, questions, answers and more opportunities to share your ideas about solutions. We are currently collaborating with other professional associations to tackle the knotty design problems that too often prevent women and girls from bicycling.
Women responded! Learn how more than 13,000 women responded to the Survey on Women Cycling for Transportation. APBP member Mark Schulz (Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and his student Anna Sibley analyzed the APBP survey. Read it here.
APBP member and then-intern Andrea Garland (now with Alta Planning + Design) analyzed thousands of written answers to three open ended questions,
- "What would cause you to start or increase your cycling?"
- "Why do you use your bicycle for trips?"
- "What reaction do you get when cycling for transportation?"
Her summaries are posted at www.womencyclingproject.info. Additional questions may be digested as time and APBP resources permit. Researchers who would like to use the data for further study may contact us. Of interest to Safe Routes to School professionals: respondent's offered up 12,996 written answers to questions about what their communities can do to encourage more teen girls and young girls to bicycle for transport. As new research comes online, we'll post it at www.WomenCyclingProject.info.
Let's work together to increase the number of women and girls cycling!
Please share what you've learned here with others in your community who are working to make it more bicycle-friendly, and more walkable. Thank you!