A new report shows large unmet demand for cycling from ethnic minority and disadvantaged groups. Cycling for Everyone, by Sustrans and Arup, highlights inequalities within cycling participation in urban areas between different demographics, including those from ethnic minority groups, women, disabled people, older people, and those at greater risk of deprivation.
Women, disabled people and older people along with other demographic groups are facing deep-rooted barriers to their experience of, and interaction with, transport systems and travel
Say the authors: 'Women, disabled people and older people along with other demographic groups are facing deep-rooted barriers to their experience of, and interaction with, transport systems and travel. Together with Sustrans, we are calling for more inclusive policy and planning around cycling to ensure everyone can access its benefits.
'With the right political will, investment and knowledge cycling can help people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, abilities and genders.'
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought to light many disparities within society. People from ethnic minority groups and other disadvantaged communities are being disproportionately affected by Covid-19 and over-represented within the key worker sector.
The recognition from the Prime Minister that obesity can increase the risk of serious illness and death from COVID-19 has prompted a new Government Obesity Strategy. Cycling has proved its worth during the pandemic, as a safe and socially distanced way for people to get exercise and as a means to travel to work and for other essential journeys.
However, 74% of people from ethnic minority groups living in Sustrans’ 12 Bike Life cities and towns do not currently cycle. Despite low participation levels, the report found 55% of people from ethnic minority groups who do not currently cycle would like to start. This compares to 37% of white people.
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