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Greens would aim to get more women on bikes

By Charlotte Harper - 29 September 2016 17

Greens candidates on bikes

The Greens have announced the final plank of the transport plan they’ll take to the ACT election: $1.1m over four years to establish a better-resourced Active Travel Office headed by a walking and cycling coordinator in a bid particularly to encourage more women and children to travel by bike.

All the Greens’ women candidates – Veronica Wensing (Yerrabi), Jen Faerber (Murrumbidgee), Indra Esguerra (Ginninderra), Caroline Le Couteur (Murrumbidgee) and Rebecca Vassarotti (Kurrajong) were on hand, most on their bicycles, for the announcement in Civic this rainy morning.

Ms Wensing, who is the ACT Greens spokesperson for women and social inclusion, said that while 39% of men ride a bicycle at least once a week in Canberra, only 13% of women do so.

“We think this is partly because women don’t necessarily feel as safe on a bicycle and on the road,” the lead candidate for Yerrabi said.

“Part of transforming our city into an active travel capital means making sure women and children can feel as confident as men travelling around our city.

“We need facilities that work for everyone – women, people with disabilities and people of all ages.”

She said the Active Travel Office would work to fix sections of road or bike paths that were unsafe due to inadequate lighting, for example, and would let Canberrans know about the infrastructure available to them.

ACT Greens leader Shane Rattenbury said his party’s transport plan would make Canberra a city that works for the community, not just the other way around.

“So far we’ve seen a Liberal party addicted to roads at the expense of the sustainable transport we need, and a Labor party that talks the talk on an active, connected Canberra but still fails to properly invest in walking and cycling infrastructure,” Mr Rattenbury said.

Pictured above are Greens candidates Jen Faerber, Caroline Le Couteur, Indra Esguerra, Rebecca Vassarotti and Veronica Wensing in Civic today. Photo: Charlotte Harper

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17 Responses to
Greens would aim to get more women on bikes
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miz 2:43 pm
29 Sep 16
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Lol, two words: hat hair.

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Nightshade 6:38 pm
29 Sep 16
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miz said :

Lol, two words: hat hair.

My thoughts exactly. Long curly hair and a helmet is not a good combination. Which is not to say I think helmets are a bad idea – however, they do make cycling an activity I don’t want to do.

Maybe they should try asking women and children why they don’t ride bikes instead of making assumptions.

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BunLover 7:54 pm
29 Sep 16
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Banging my head on my table right now. Is this seriously what the Greens think is the most pressing issue for women in the ACT?

IMO, for women, housing affordability – particularly for older, single women in part-time or casual work – is much more important than safe bike paths.

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Maya123 8:06 pm
29 Sep 16
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As a female who cycles I have never had a problem with hat hair, or even considered it a problem. So, comb your hair after taking off the helmet. Easy.
But then, I would never go in or a useless, high maintenance hairstyle.

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Masquara 8:14 pm
29 Sep 16
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Why focus on plans for “women and children” cycling? What about encouraging men to cycle with their children and take them to school, or the shops, or on whatever outing? Oops! Greens perpetuating sexist stereotyping!

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carnardly 11:16 pm
29 Sep 16
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how about SOME women might not feel comfortable on a bike.

There are plenty that are fine about it though.

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rommeldog56 8:01 am
30 Sep 16
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From the OP :

” Ms Wensing, who is the ACT Greens spokesperson for women and social inclusion, said that while 39% of men ride a bicycle at least once a week in Canberra, only 13% of women do so. “We think this is partly because women don’t necessarily feel as safe on a bicycle and on the road,” the lead candidate for Yerrabi said. “

39% of men ride a bike at least once a week ? Seems like a very high % to me.

“We think this is partly because Women don’t necessarily feel as safe on a bicycle and on the road” ? We think, not know. Does anyone feel “safe on a bicycle and on the road” ? Maybe if they didn’t ride on a road, they would feel safer ? Is that because Women seem to often have a heightened sense of self preservation or do they feel “threatened” by groups of testosterone junky bike riders overtaking them all the time ?

A “walking and cycling” coordinator is a waste of ratepayers $. It will achieve nothing that effective planning, common sense, looking at a map and listening to users feedback, wont do.

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Anne Treasure 1:28 pm
30 Sep 16
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International cycling participation studies indicate that cities with higher rates of cycling participation by women have higher rates overall. Making female cyclist feel safe and welcome on the roads is therefore extremely important.

Seems like a good policy aim to me. Addresses several different social ills at once: health, pollution, road congestion.

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dungfungus 3:28 pm
30 Sep 16
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No one in my house agrees with this.

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Masquara 12:45 pm
01 Oct 16
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rommeldog56 said :

From the OP :

A “walking and cycling” coordinator is a waste of ratepayers $.

It’ll sure present an opportunity to have a failed Greens candidate at the top of the recruitment selection matrix though! : )

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dungfungus 10:25 am
02 Oct 16
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carnardly 1:19 pm
02 Oct 16
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there are plenty of jobs that are generally accepted as female only. I’m sure a 15 yo lad may be a top retail assistant, motivated and enthusiastic. But he is sure as blazes not likely to be employed as a fitter at somewhere like bras and things.

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gooterz 2:12 pm
02 Oct 16
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And yet its still illegal to try and get more men into teaching positions by offering scholarships or specific positions.
It also undermines every female academic who has actually earned their position as now every woman faces the question were they the best for the job or just because they happened to be born female.

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dungfungus 3:04 pm
02 Oct 16
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gooterz said :

And yet its still illegal to try and get more men into teaching positions by offering scholarships or specific positions.
It also undermines every female academic who has actually earned their position as now every woman faces the question were they the best for the job or just because they happened to be born female.

Next thing we will see is “only LGBTGI people from Torres Strait will be considered”.

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HiddenDragon 5:52 pm
02 Oct 16
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That’s all very well, but what are the Greens promising to do for the fish?

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