Women's Bike Ridership Reveals Road Safety Concern

Only 2% of bike riders in Lima are women. Jonna McKone looks at what hinders women from hopping on bikes and the further implications.

McKone looks at the World Bank's Transport Rehabilitation Project (TRP) to improve road maintenance and mobility of the poor, specifically women, by focusing on biking:

"Funded until 2000, the project fell down on a number of fronts, however, the city has taken on a renewed focus on mobility with its work to develop Metropolitano, a bus rapid transit (BRT) system in Lima, and biking activism is gaining ground, especially with a new law in Peru that gives priority to biking legislation.

In the mid 1990s, The World Bank loaned $200 million to Peru, "designed to provide credit to low-income formal and informal sector workers to buy bikes, so they could access jobs." Only those who could prove the bikes were used to access places of work were provided with the loans."

Thanks to Garrett Bradford

Full Story: Female Bikers as Indicator for Street Safety in Latin America

Comments

Comments

Safety or bike parking?

This is news?
American male cyclists say a shortage of bike parking and showers prevents people from riding.
IMO, the real story is that women and children don't ride, which points unequivocally to safety.

Safety, safety, safety. Bike showers are a luxury.

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