We are excited to begin working on our newest global initiative in partnership with the Bernard van Leer Foundation, in which Chain Breaking Women, Purpose (Bengaluru Moving), and Bicitekas will play a key role as implementing partners.
This new initiative follows the publication in 2020 of the report “Cycling Cities for Infants, Toddlers, and Caregivers”. Our aim, based on the recommendations of the report, is now to focus on cycling awareness, education & access pilot programs for women caregivers in different urban contexts, led by community stakeholders and providing key learnings for city representatives.
BYCS will coordinate pilot projects in 3 cities – Bengaluru (India), Istanbul (Turkey), and Mexico City (Mexico) – working with local partners and cities to develop and test different types of pilot programs, and gather data on the experiences of women caregivers cycling, in order to develop new knowledge products for city decision makers and advocacy groups, and increase the uptake of cycling amongst the target groups.
The project will last a year (May 2022-April 2023) with local implementation projected for the months of August, September, and October.
Project Launch Webinar
To launch the project we hosted a webinar, featuring a keynote from Oxford University Researcher Lea Ravensbergen on cycling and mobilities of care, followed by a panel session featuring speakers from ITDP, Bicitekas, the City of Bogotá, and WowMom Kenya, and closed with previews of the pilot programs from our implementation partners to kick off the global initiative.
Critical to this project will be a global survey that seeks to better understand the mobility patterns and barriers of caregivers, especially related to riding a bicycle, as well as potential solutions to address these barriers.
Stay tuned for the release of this (to be announced on BYCS social media channels), and if you would like to request the survey in more languages that we are currently offering, please get in touch (details at the bottom of this page).