Op-Ed: Change the Bike Planning Calculus to Include Women's Safety

The gender gap in walking and biking is deep and wide in Seattle. Here's a call to action.

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November 14, 2018, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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"As women’s mobility and access are limited by Seattle’s inadequate infrastructure, we need to bring #MeToo-style reform to public space," writes Claire Martini in an opinion piece for Crosscut.

Seattle must advance its most prominent public asset — our streets — toward a bold vision for inclusivity across gender, race, ability and class by making it safe, efficient, and intuitive for all modes of transportation to access downtown. Walking and biking offer a barometer — and a proving ground — for women’s belonging in public space.

The key to achieving that bold vision, according to Martini: planners expanding the calculus of bike lanes and sidewalk repair to include the more complex considerations of safety for women in public. 

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