Published: 13th JUNE 2019

Inclusive cycling in cities and towns

Women, disabled people and older people, along with other demographic groups, can face deep-rooted barriers to their experience of, and interaction with, transport systems and travel. This shapes and sometimes limits individual travel choice. This report is intended to begin a conversation across sectors helping to put the needs of excluded groups more firmly on the radar of transport planners and decision makers when it comes to cycling.

Man and woman using adapted bike on walking and cycling path

Sustrans and Arup are working in partnership to better understand how we can make cycling in urban areas accessible and attractive for everyone. We want to inform policy and practice that better recognises and addresses the needs of all people who want to cycle.

This report summarises our initial findings from research undertaken across the UK. It focuses on the following demographic groups which are underrepresented in cycling:

  • Women
  • Older people (defined as aged 65 or over)
  • Disabled people

Findings

  • Women, disabled people and older people cycled less than the average population.
  • There was significant interest from these groups to cycle more.
  • Barriers to cycling are often accentuated amongst
    women, disabled people and older people, along with other demographic groups that tend to cycle less.

Recommendations

Most solutions benefit women, disabled people and older people collectively. They fall under three complementary themes:

  • Better Governance
  • Improving Places
  • Supporting People to Cycle¬†

Download the report: Inclusive cycling in cities and towns

Share this page