Nicolay Kreidler, Communications Director: What it takes to give women equitable access to active transportation
I attended many terrific sessions at the National Bike Summit, but one that stood out was Safe Streets for Women. The share of bike riders by gender reflects how well a community has done in building safe infrastructure. In the U.S., cheap cycling jerseys most bike riders are male, while 50% or more of people on bikes in cities like Copenhagen are female-identified.
The speakers emphasized the need to prioritize measures that improve personal safety for women and marginalized communities, which has the added benefit of enhancing safety for everyone on a bike, sort of a Universal Design concept for bike infrastructure. This means taking an approach beyond emergency response, focusing on education, enforcement, and infrastructure.