Cycling for Everyone: Inclusive Cycling in Cities and Towns

The Inclusive Cycling in cities and towns research project originated from the recognition that the current cycling community does not reflect the diversity of our populations. From this, there was a need to identify who was underrepresented, and the principles and guidelines that would need to be implemented to create more inclusive cycling opportunities for all. The research has been a collaborative effort between a multi-disciplinary team at Arup and partners at Sustrans. The first step involved an in-depth literature review about behaviours, attitudes, barriers and solutions to between understand how the authors can begin to increase representation within the cycling community in underrepresented groups. To further facilitate this, data collated by Sustrans in their 2017 Bikelife study was analysed: Sample group = 7,700 residents from Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester and Newcastle. The data highlighted 5 underrepresented groups; women, disabled people, older people (65+ years), BAME and low socio-economic backgrounds. Following on from the literature review, focus groups were held with these underrepresented groups, providing qualitative information to supplement the findings to date, and to provide better understanding in travel and social context, barriers and solutions to make cycling more inclusive for these groups. From this it was highlighted that better governance, improving places and supporting people to cycle are 3 areas which would need to be addressed and balanced as part of the solutions explored. The project is ongoing and current actions include: 1. Looking at case studies of best practice initiatives and programs that demonstrate inclusive cycling for the 5 underrepresented groups within the three areas (governance, places and people), and 2. Running workshops with stakeholders in Birmingham, London and Glasgow across government and organisations representing the groups in question. From this, the authors can begin to explore solutions in more detail and to propose action. The outputs from this activity will be used to form the authors stage 2 report (to be completed by the first quarter of 2020). This publication will be used to influence industry and better inform those in industry to take measure to make inclusive cycling widely available to all.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures;
  • Pagination: 18p
  • Monograph Title: European Transport Conference 2020

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  • Accession Number: 01766213
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 2021 11:34AM