Thursday 8th March is International Women’s Day and in the run up to it, Sustrans published this handy report about about gender and active travel which is well worth bookmarking for future reference. It highlights – with ample evidence based on both current research and asking the women themselves – how our transport policies have led to women facing additional barriers to cycling – over and above the hostile road environment all cyclists in the UK face – and it ends with a call for more women to be involved in transport policy at all levels, something we are right behind.
However, we also think that IWD is a time to be positive, and in honour of Susan B. Anthony and her famous quote about bicycles, it’s the liberation that cycling brings, rather than the barriers, that we want to celebrate this year.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling… I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
So go on – tell us about the moment when you felt that feeling of freedom and self-reliance yourself, taking to two wheels – or three – and tag it with the hashtag #untrammelledwomenhood. We’ll be tweeting and blogging some of our own as well.
We look forward to hearing your stories!