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The Gender Divide in Transport Is Starting to Crumble

Cities across Europe are working to unwind a focus on the traditional male commuter to more inclusive forms of mobility.

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Infrastructure's Gender Divide

To reach the shops and restaurants across the Main river in Offenbach, pedestrians from Frankfurt’s east side need to dodge bikes and squeeze past one another on a path that’s barely wider than a stroller at its narrowest point.

In busy periods, the bottleneck often forces mothers and kids to momentarily step into the roadway. Car drivers, by contrast, get two generous lanes, a sign of the disparate priorities in urban planning that favors the traditional role of male commuters. It’s a concept that’s now undergoing a rethink.