(An unstructured chat among fellow cyclists. Definitely  not a questionnaire) 

children with push balance bikesA. YOU AND CYCLING

1. You are a woman    YES________/No __________

2. You have a bicycle  YES________/No __________

3. You ride a bicycle fairly often in your day to day life as “normal transport:  YES______/No ____

4. You find that is not always that easy, safe or agreeable to use a bike in your city. YES____/No _____ (City name)_______________________________

5. You understand that in different places/cultures actually having and riding a bike for a woman is not all that easy, for many reasons. . . YES________/No ______________


1. Why are there not (many) more women getting around safely on bicycles for their day to day trips in your city?

2. And in other cities? Rural areas? Country? Other countries/? Other cultures? Is there a pattern?

3. Can you tell us a couple of possible explanations of the main BARRIERS that come immediately to mind?

Thank you for your attention.

Beep beep beep.


A little quick background by way of first hints and clues. A summary of responses to follow if you wish.

This conversation will be recorded as remarks flow in from here and there on the informal peer group, World City Cycling Forum – https://www.facebook.com/groups/worldcitybike/

And possibly commented, written up, etc. in
• Gatnet on Dgroups – https://dgroups.org/worldbank/gatnet/
• Gatnet 2.0 – https://gatnet.wordpress.com/
• Gatnet on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/gatnet



I thought that rather than doing this in the form of one of the usual web surveys which to my mind work like mental straight jackets, instead to try something more like an easy conversation among peers over a late afternoon tea or class of cool white wine.

For my purposes, I am more interested in the freestyle answers and even musings and ramblings, which help me in my search for to ascertain and understand larger patterns.

  • TO REVIEW ALL RESPONSES: If you wish to check out the entries thus far in this series please click to https://goo.gl/C6Eq8u


Recommendation from Benoit Beroud, Lyon France:

“You should use a Google Form questionnary or surveys monkey to make it easier for responders and your self to deal with all the answers”

Thank you.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton

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