In London, less than 1 in 3 cycle trips are made by women. In the Netherlands, it’s over half. Only 1% of London’s children get to school by bike. In the Netherlands, it’s 75%. Women in their 30s on average travel four times the distance than men of the same age do in taking kids to school.
Accessible, cheap and sustainable transport is a feminist issue.
There is strong demand for women to feel safe cycling in London. We know this because of what happened in 2021 after Covid-19 restrictions were lifted. As we went from the safe low-traffic streets of 2020 back to ‘normal’ traffic levels, men’s cycling levels only dropped by 15% – but fell by 50% for women. Women want to cycle, women can gain freedoms from cycling and women do cycle.
On Sunday 3 March 2024 we are again riding for women’s freedom. Join the London Cycling Campaign Women’s Freedom Ride.
Our campaign is calling on the Mayor to make London a city where all women, non-binary and gender non-conforming people feel safe to cycle.
We’re calling on the Mayor of London to ensure cycling is an inclusive mode of transport that men and women use equally, across London, by 2030, by:
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There are now 1.26 million cycle journeys in London every day - roughly a third as many as the tube. But women are still hugely under-represented.
We need more women championing cycling in London so that we can close the gap and enable more women to cycle.
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