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Women and transport

13 August 2019

The need for an improved understanding of the transport needs of women is the focus of an article published by researchers from Europe and the US.

The article asserts that urban policy makers and planners need to do more to gather gender-sensitive transportation data because the activities of women do tend to differ from men and therefore their travel patterns are usually different.

It is recognised that women globally must juggle many different tasks, including working, nurturing and homemaking. This means that the post-work trip involves a chain of activities, including shopping and picking up the kids before heading home. Such a chain of activities is normally conducted by car.

The literature review performed by the article authors show 1) a scarcity of gender mobility data and statistics, 2) the need both to broaden the understanding that gender-friendly mobility services are beneficial and to develop flexible transportation alternatives, and 3) inadequate resources to study gen- der mobility and accessibility disparities around the world.

To download the article, click here.

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