'Women Travel More on Foot, in Buses Than Men'

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'Women Travel More on Foot, in Buses Than Men'


New Delhi, June 14 -- More women in Delhi travel on foot and on buses than men, a report on women and urban transport has shown -underlining the need for making streets and modes of public transport safer.

The report suggests that women in the capital use public transport more, while men prefer scooter/motocycles and bicycles. Drafted by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) and Safetipin, a personal safety mobile application, the report also stated that in low-income neighbourhoods of Delhi, women walk more than men.

"In one of these areas we found that 52% women walk against a mere 27% men. Interestingly, 21% residents in that settlement tend to cycle. But, in that only 2% were found to be women and they were primarily pillion riders," said Sonal Shah from ITDP.

She said while very few women use bicycles across India due to lack of access. "Across cities like Delhi, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai we found that 37% women walk against 27% men. Similarly, 30% women used public transport against 25% men," she added.

Gauging the travelling pattern of men and women in Delhi and other cities, experts on Tuesday demanded authorities to work together to create a 'gender responsive' urban transport in the city.

"While women constitute around half of India's population, their labour force participation in urban areas is as low as 15.5%. Ultimately, transportation is the fulcrum that allows women to participate in the workforce. However, our urban transport policies remain gender blind largely," said Shreya Gadepalli, Director-South Asia at ITDP. …

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