Research shows that women account for only 30% of the people who cycle in Hamilton, Ontario. This cycling gender gap is common in cities across North America, and was brought to the forefront in Hamilton during a 2018 city council discussion where councillors speculated about why women were less likely to cycle.
I've partnered with Elise Desjardins (PhD student, McMaster University) to undertake a local project aimed at addressing Hamilton's cycling gender gap.
We're leading this project through Cycle Hamilton, and in partnership with Hamilton's Cycling Committee. Between January and June 2021, we are conducting a review of existing studies, and hosting community roundtables to complement the academic literature with the lived experiences of women in Hamilton. Our goal is to develop a 5-year action plan for the Cycling Committee.
More information about the project is available through Cycle Hamilton.