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: Trained as a development economist, Eric Britton is a public entrepreneur specializing in the field of sustainability and social justice. 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 work focuses on the subject of equity, economy and efficiency in city transport and public space, and helping governments to ask the right questions and in the process, find practical solutions to urgent climate, mobility, life quality and job creation issues. Currently working on an open collaborative project, “BETTER CHOICES: Bringing Sustainable Transportation to Smaller Asian Cities” . More at: * This article is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.

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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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