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Gender and urban transport. Fashionable and affordable. Module 7a from 'Sustainable transport: a sourcebook for policy-makers in developing cities'

Author: M. Kunieda, A. Gauthier
Publisher: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH
Publication Date: Jan 2007

This module, which is a component within the GTZ Sourcebook on Sustainable Urban Transport, examines transport systems around the world to establish what is important for transport users in general and how gender affects the ways that users view transport. Ultimately these are universal concerns. When gender-based needs are not taken into consideration, transport is inefficient and unsustainable. Urban transport systems are frequently overlooked in discussions of quality of life issues for city dwellers. Moreover, transport is often seen as gender neutral – a road or a bus system is seen to benefit all equally, however this isn’t a given. Urban transport systems are dynamic, influenced by society and influencing the choices that members of that society make. The objective of this module is to promote thinking about the concept of gender in urban transport through two concepts – fashion and affordability. The author defines ‘fashionable’ in this context as public transport, cycling and walking which is attractive to the consumer as it offers personally satisfying advantages (cleanliness, safety and convenience) that compete with the perceived advantages of private cars.

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