Equitable active transport for female cyclists

Elsevier, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 113, December 2022
Mogaji E., Uzondu C.

This study addresses the call for new insights to improve equity in active transportation systems by exploring the experiences of female cyclists in Lagos, Nigeria. Qualitative data were collected and triangulated from three different sources – four weeks of ethnographic fieldwork, which involved riding with and observing female cyclists and observing the built environment, semi-structured interviews with 21 female cyclists and street intercepts with 61 female participants across various locations in the city. These data were thematically analysed to establish the social, socio-demographics and spatial disparities concerning female cyclists. The study identifies socio-demographic background, accessibility, and infrastructures as some challenges. However, cycling clubs and charities supporting girl cyclists were recognised as initiatives to encourage equitable active transportation and for raising awareness about the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling. The study also presents theoretical and practical implications that can influence the planning, development, and management of equitable active transportation, calling on stakeholders to adopt a place-centred approach for active transport development.