ACID TEST: How to know if your city cycling system is working?

UK cambridge women cycling in streeet

It’s extremely simple:

1. You do an accurate account of the number of women and girls on bicycles in key points around the city.

2. And if the percentage of female cyclists is close to 50% or higher, your program is working.

3. If not, it is not.

4. You see they are telling us something in the most vivid way possible. By their actions.

So back to the drawing board.

Sometimes life is simple.

From our friendss at amsterdamcyclechic.

From our friendss at amsterdamcyclechic.

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About the editor:

Eric Britton
9, rue Gabillot, 69003 Lyon France

Bio: Britton is an American political scientist and sustainability activist who has lived and worked in Paris since 1969. Professor of Sustainable Development, Economy and Democracy at the Institut Supérieur de Gestion (Paris), he is also MD of EcoPlan Association, an independent advisory network providing strategic counsel for government and business on policy and decision issues involving complex systems, social-technical change and sustainable development. Founding editor of World Streets, his latest book, "BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transport to Your City" focuses on the subject of environment, equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions. A pre-publication edition of Better Choices is currently undergoing an international peer review during Sept.- Oct. 2017, with the goal of publication in English and Chinese editions by end-year. If you wish to participate drop a line to .

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One thought on “ACID TEST: How to know if your city cycling system is working?

  1. Admirably simple. However, there is that small business of producing an accurate count. Can anyone point to a simple methodology or protocol? I would imagine that the choice of locations, times and seasons might complicate matters a little.


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