About the Women Cycling Project
APBP's fourth annual Women Cycling Project webinar features brilliant women working to make communities more bicycle-friendly. Join us as we profile outstanding professionals who develop bicycle plans, projects and programs for communities, encourage children to bicycle to school, and inspire girls to consider careers in transportation. Whether you are a student or professional, a woman or man, this webinar will motivate you to address key reasons keeping people from bicycling for transportation: speeding cars and inattentive drivers.
This year's webinar incorporates the 2013 National Women's History Month theme, Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination. This theme honors generations of women who throughout American history have used their intelligence, imagination, sense of wonder, and tenacity to make extraordinary contributions to the STEM fields. (STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Visit www.nwhp.org to learn how to incorporate this theme into your 2013 Women's History Month celebrations.)
Don’t miss: Case Study: Elementary school girls in Reston, Virginia learn that engineering is part of everyday life (this 15 minute pre-recorded case study complements the 3/27/2013 webinar). See video below.
Junior Engineer-in-Training Program Case Study
APBP Women Cycling Project Co-founder and Alta Planning + Design engineer Fionnuala Quinn offers up a fascinating 15-minute case study about JEiTs -- the Junior Engineer-in-Training program.
JEiTs is a hands-on, by invitation-only program within Hunters Wood Elementary School in Reston, Virginia, USA. Each year, JEiTs selects 20 5th and 6th grade girls. Now in its fifth year, this popular program encourages girls to see themselves in careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (the STEM fields). The girls design and build projects using low-cost or no-cost materials, welcome engineers from the community and take engaging field trips that help them recognize that engineering is integral to everyday life.
In 2013 for the first time, the JEiTs sent handmade Valentines to engineers in public agencies in the community. This winsome activity generated many enthusiastic responses, such as this one from Dave J. Kubicek, Deputy General Manager, Operations, WMATA: "Thank you so much for the kind words on Valentine's Day. I am excited knowing that we have so many bright engineers on the horizon. Keep up the good work and remember Safety First!"
The JEiTs case study complements the 2013 APBP Women Cycling Webinar: Women's Work: Bicycle-friendly Communities by Design.
In the United States, women bicycle at significantly lower rates than men. One method of remedying this disparity is to ensure that women are engaged in bicycle planning and policy making through, for example, participation in bicycle advisory committees (BACs). No research has been conducted on women’s representation and participation in these committees.
This study attempts to fill that gap by examining women’s membership levels in and experiences serving on California bicycle advisory committees and bicycle/pedestrian advisory committees. In addition, we explore some of the barriers to participation faced by female cyclists. A survey of 42 committees revealed that women make up approximately 24% of members on an average bicycle (and pedestrian) advisory committee in California.
Through focus group interviews with 24 women currently serving on BACs, several common themes emerged. Women on these committees are more likely than men to bring up women’s and children’s issues, and some aspects of the committees themselves may serve as barriers for women to become more involved. An online survey of 565 women cyclists in California provided insight regarding some of the common barriers women identify as reasons for not becoming involved with a BAC. Lack of awareness of the committees did not seem to be a barrier: 67% of respondents were aware of their local committee. Instead, barriers indentified by participants included: time; perceived lack of qualifications; lack of information about the committee; family and household responsibilities; and lack of interest. Recommendations to increase women’s representation on BACs include the following strategies: education about the committee; targeted recruitment efforts; and policy and procedural changes.
View a video of the National Women Cycling Forum held recently in Washington DC. Click Here
This forum was billed as an iInaugural event to elevate conversation about women in cycling.
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Women still cycle at much lower rates than men in the United States -- making up just 24 percent of bike trips in 2009. But that trend is shifting. This Forum will be the first national gathering specifically dedicated to raising awareness about and discussing how to engage more women in bicycling.
"This critical topic and rising energy is gathering momentum across the country as more women of all backgrounds are starting to ride or getting more involved in the movement," said Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator for the Alliance for Biking & Walking. "We're eager to start a continuing conversation aimed at increasing the number of women who bicycle for transportation and recreation."
Sue Macy will provide unique inspiration to kick off that discussion. Among other accolades, Wheels of Change was named to the 2011 Best Books lists from the Washington Post and the San Francisco Book Review. "Ms. Macy wrote a captivating book about the bicycle's historic role in women's empowerment, and we hope this forum will be the catalyst to begin closing the gender gap in today's cycling environment," said Kit Keller, Executive Director of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.
In 2010, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals posted a survey to gather information about women cycling. The survey included 37 questions pertaining to demographics, cycling behavior, safety/infrastructure concerns, and open-ended inquiries. We thought we would receive a few hundred responses from members. Instead the survey went viral garnering more than 13,000 responses. Although not a scientific survey, the responses offer much interesting and useful information. Some of the questions included comments. When the survey closed in May, APBP partnered with the Department of Health Education at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro Department to analyze the results.
Here are summaries in report format of comments received for three of the survey questions.*
* Researchers interested in analyzing additional questions can contact APBP for further information.(Top of page)
If you missed APBP's third annual Women Cycling webinar, "Empowering Women to Bicycle for Transportation" you can now view it online click here.
Since APBP inaugurated the Women Cycling Project in 2010, tens of thousands of women have participated in the project. This year's webinar, co-sponsored by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, highlights programs and approaches that engage, empower and encourage women to bicycle on a more regular basis.
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Photo | Video Credits
Got photos? Your photos could help to convince a policy maker, planner, engineer, school superintendent, or police officer to make their community more bicycle-friendly. People who make presentations, create brochures, design posters, etc. need to have fresh, captivating images to turn heads and change hearts and minds. The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) seeks photos and videos for this purpose, especially if the images are of women and girls using a bicycle for transportation. To learn more about how to contribute your photos and videos, visit www.pedbikeimages.org and www.walkinginfo.org/videos/. To see what’s there now, enter “women” in the search field. We’d love to have hundreds of photos and videos to choose from! Thanks for your help.(Top of page)