Journalist, Laura Laker, has investigated the problem of bias in transport - particularly in the UK. In this article, she finds that women’s experience of travel isn’t being considered when transport systems are planned:
- In Sweden, women walk, cycle and use public transport more than men. During winter three times more pedestrians were being injured because of icy roads than people in cars - so these were mostly women.
- In England, a third more women travelled by bus than men. And the opposite is true for trains. Much more money is spent by government on trains compared to buses.
- In the UK just one woman cycles regularly compared with three men – some people think this is because of a lack of safe cycle routes.
- The chair of the Women's Equality Network found that in the UK, “30% of women have no access to a car, particularly during the working day, because either they can’t afford one or the family car is used by their partner for work”. This means women have to seek lower-paid work that is local.
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