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How to get more people biking? Women transportation planners

separted bike laneThere’s one woman for every three men riding a bike in the United States.

So how do you get more women to bike? Well, hire more women transportation planners.

According to a Time Magazine story, women are “changing the rulebook for how we design streets, and how we entice more women and families to use them in a different way.” In a male-dominated industry, New York City’s Janette Sadik-Khan, the commissioner of the Department of Transportation from 2007-2013, pioneered a street design that focused on the city’s most vulnerable travelers.

Women and casual bicyclists prefer quieter, slower streets and more separated paths. To get them biking and walking more, they need to feel safe with a more substantial separation between bikers and traffic. Such examples is a physical curb or barrier of parked cars – all more protective than a four-inch white stripe.

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