Sustrans has called for more equality in transport planning to help encourage more women to use active travel. Ahead of International Women’s Day, the walking and cycling charity has published a new report, which shows whilst women are motivated to travel actively for physical and mental health reasons, worries about their personal safety, convenience and appearance are preventing them from more cycling and walking. The ‘Are We Nearly There Yet?’ report looked at the travel habits and choices of nearly 2,000 women in Glasgow and combined the findings with other research. The report also found transport has the lowest percentage of women in senior posts within the public sector in Scotland only 6.25% heads of transport bodies are women. In addition, the transport sector accounts for only 22% of female workers UK-wide. ‘Our research has shown that there are a number of women-specific barriers such as lack of time, complex schedules and … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

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Jamie Hailstone is senior reporter – NewStart