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: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. 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 and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. Currently working on an open collaborative project, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transportation to Smaller Asian Cities” . More at: http://wp.me/PsKUY-2p7 * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.