It’s extremely simple: Do the numbers.
1. You do an accurate account of the number of women and girls on bicycles at key points and hours around the city.
2. And if the percentage of female cyclists is close to 50% or higher, your program is working.
3. If not, it is not.
You see they are telling us something in the most vivid way possible. By their choices. By their actions. When we see public spaces that are abundantly used by women, we know that they are safe.
So, if you do not have strong visible participation by women on your cycle paths and lanes, it’s back to the drawing board with you.
Sometimes life is simple.
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Bio: Educated as an international development economist, Eric Britton is an American political scientist, teacher and sustainability activist who has worked on missions and advisory assignments on all continents. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change, civil society and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets: The Politics of Transport in Cities | See Britton online at https://goo.gl/9CJXTh and @ericbritton