Title: Inclusive cycling in towns and cities
Organisation: Sustrans & Arup
Date uploaded: 25th June 2019
Date published/launched: June 2019
The report, authored by active travel charity Sustrans and transport consultants Arup, estimates 84% of disabled people living in urban areas never cycle for local journeys – yet 33% say they would like to do so.
This significant interest in everyday cycling is also prevalant among women (32%) and people over 65-years-old (15%).
However, the report finds these demographics face systematic barriers when it comes to riding a bike, including:
• An association that cycling isn’t an activity for people like ‘them’
• Heightened safety concerns when sharing road space with motor vehicles
• Lack of ‘seamless and dedicated’ cycle infrastructure to connect people to everyday destinations
• Access to, and the high cost of, adapted cycles – including electric cycles
The report recommends that local authorities should ensure the voices of underrepresented groups are integrated in policy and planning, and create a dense network of cycling routes within and around where people live.
Sustrans and Arup will use the initial findings from the report as a basis for further work to engage with organisations representing women, older and disabled people to inform the transport sector in order to make urban cycling fully inclusive.
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