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Podcast - How can we provide a safe environment for all cyclists?

07 February 2017

As we continue to read reports of collisions involving vehicles and vulnerable road users, ICE discusses the role transport professionals can play in providing safe and accessible infrastructure for cyclists of all abilities, not just young men!

Podcast - How can we provide a safe environment for all cyclists?
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Cycling is highly unequal. Women, older people, children and disabled people are all under-represented. ICE’s Adam Kirkup discussed this issue and potential solutions with Dr. Rachel Aldred, who had produced and contributed to numerous research projects addressing cycle infrastructure provision, gender equity and accessibility.


This podcast discusses:

  • Critical mass – 01:00
  • Cycle/motor traffic segregation – what is best for women? – 02:15
  • Replicating female cycling activity in the Netherlands – 03:35
  • Cultural issues – 05:35 Is cycling just for the under-40s? – 09:35
  • Cycle infrastructure provision for the disabled – 13:40
  • Near misses for slower cyclists – 16:00
  • Cambridge cycle network – 17:45
  • Barriers to active travel and social inclusion – 19:50
  • Transport policy and enforcement – 22:50
  • What should engineers/planners stop doing and start doing? – 24:40

Dr. Rachel Aldred

In 2016, Rachel was awarded the ESRC Outstanding Impact in Public Policy Prize, and the Westminster University Prize for Research Excellence. She was also named as one of the Progress 1000 Most Influential Londoners.

One of her research projects (Near Miss Project) was awarded Cycling Initiative of the Year 2015 by Total Women’s Cycling, and was also, according to BikeBiz, one of the 100 Women of the Year 2015.