WOMEN, CYCLING, ETC. – A CONVERSATION AMONG FRIENDS

(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 ______________

B. NOW MY THREE QUESTIONS::

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.

C. BACKDROP TO THIS CONVERSATION WHICH WILL CONTINUE . . .

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

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AFTER WORD:

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

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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: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. 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 and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to BetterChoices@ecoplan.org .

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