LCC’s Women’s Network has published the results of a survey of over 1,000 women who cycle in London about their experiences, with a report and hard-hitting video illustrating the gendered abuse women in London face while cycling. The report was launched on 16 January 2024 at a panel discussion including Sophie Linden, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, and Ruth Cadbury MP, former Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling and Walking.
Trigger warning: swearing, detailed descriptions of abuse faced by women while cycling
Below are a few of the key results from the What Stops Women Cycling in London? report.
The survey, report and accompanying video highlight the gendered abuse and aggression far too many women experience in London while cycling. This includes:
London Cycling Campaign wants London to become a place where women and girls feel safe to cycle, and for women to use cycling as transport in equal numbers to men across the city by 2030. Currently only a third of cycle trips are by women. The LCC’s Women’s Network, a coalition which includes women from cycling groups JoyRiders and Londra Bisiklet Kulübü, is currently running a petition to the Mayor of London calling for urgent action on these issues. The petition asks the Mayor to:
LCC’s Women’s Network will hand the currently running petition to a representative from the Mayor of London at our central London, LCC Women’s Freedom Ride on Sunday 3 March.
For more information on the campaign, report, video and upcoming ride, lcc.org.uk/freedom
“While more and more people are cycling in London and safe cycle routes are rolling out in many boroughs, there’s still too many parts of London where cycling isn’t and doesn’t feel safe enough – and women still face additional barriers to cycling and additional hostility when cycling. This needs urgent action to address the fact that only a third of cycle trips in London are done by women – whereas in Holland, over half are.” – Eilidh Murray, Chair, London Cycling Campaign
“Every woman and girl should be able to enjoy the benefits of cycling in London without fear of violence and intimidation. Yet sadly, across the UK, we face an epidemic of violence against women and girls and today’s report demonstrates the significant impact this abuse and aggression is having on women cyclists. It is simply unacceptable, and the Mayor and I are committed to preventing violence against women and girls and challenging the attitudes that enable these behaviours. The Mayor and TfL continue to invest in our protected cycle network, cycle training and skills, and secure well-designed cycle parking, helping to address the barriers and encourage more women and girls to take up cycling.” – Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing & Crime
“This important report from the London Cycling Campaign shows the huge work still needed to encourage more women to cycle, and to support those who already cycle across our capital. It was shocking to read that 90% of women had faced intimidation when they were on the road. While we’ve made much progress over the last decade with better cycling infrastructure in London thinks to investment from the Mayor of London and local councils, I know that there is much more to do. Encouraging more women to cycle is good for our public health, good for our economy and good for our environment.” – Ruth Cadbury MP, All Party Parliamentary Group for Cycling & Walking
“I’ve had drivers passing too closely on purpose to intimidate me more times than I can remember. I’ve been stopped at lights and had my bum slapped by a man as he walked past. Women in London, including those of us just trying to get about on bikes, face gendered abuse, aggression and violence and we have to end this.” – Catriona, survey respondent
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