Pacific Elementary Bike to School day 2018 (WALKsacramento).
As women’s history month comes to a close, WALKSacramento has been reflecting about the trailblazing women who have been fierce advocates for mobility options and the challenges that women, especially women of color, still face in their daily lives when it comes to transportation choice. The following articles examine challenges and opportunities for women who use transportation, who plan for transportation and for the advocates who bring mobility options to women and other marginalized groups. Join us in celebrating and learning more about creating gender inclusive transportation.
This article calls for more gender inclusive cycling infrastructure to help combat climate change. The article outlines data the illustrates the majority of cyclists in urban hubs such as San Francisco, London and Barcelona are male. This is an important disparity to address because transportation is such a large portion of greenhouse gas emissions. In order to encourage clean transportation cities must plan for all genders to feel safe and secure riding or walking around. The article talks about prioritizing women’s safety in public space because women learn early on how to factor their personal safety into their everyday trips. The article ends with a final call to plan for more inclusive cycling infrastructure because the status quo can change if we acknowledge the gendered transportation experience. Read the article here.
This report poses insightful solutions to create climate action that addresses gender gaps in transportation, policy and other aspects of planning for the future. The report establishes that gender influences daily life in a city and the vulnerability to climate change. The gender gap in climate change preparedness needs to be addressed to successfully meet the Paris Agreement reductions. The report talks about the importance of creating the capacity for more women in leadership roles by investing in mentorship programs. Another important solution is analyzing gender differentiation through disaggregated gender data, gender responsive policies and women safety audits. Women can help propel the global conversation of climate change and should be lifted up and supported through key investments and a dedication to creating a future for all. Read the full report here.