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Call For Papers
TRB 94th Annual Meeting
January 11-15, 2015
Call Title:
Understanding the Gender Gap in Urban Bicycling
Sponsoring Committee:
ABE30 - Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities
Co-Sponsoring Committee(s):
ABE70 - Women's Issues in Transportation
ANF20 - Bicycle Transportation
Call Description:
The TRB Committee on Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities invites papers that further explore and seek the understand the gender gap in urban bicycling.

Many cities in the United States have seen an exponential growth in bicycling over the last decade. That being said, most of the growth has occurred among men as the share of bicycle trips taken by women in the US fell from 33% to 24%, and bike mode share by women remained at 0.5%. For men, bike mode share rose from 1.2% to 1.6%. As cities and urban areas across the U.S. begin to focus their efforts on increasing bicycle mode share, it is important that they address the gender gap in bicycling, enabling the bicycle mode share growth to be present and accessible to a diverse population.

We are seeking papers that investigate this issue, focusing on areas including, but not limited to:

- Identifying the underlying issues that contribute to the current gender gap in urban biking;

- Examining programs and factors which can reduce the current gender gap in urban biking;

- Review of international and domestic municipal policies and programs put in place to reduce the gender gap and whether they have proven successful;

- Using and exploring available bicycling data to create a more nuanced picture with regards to gender and urban biking;

- Exploring sources of bias in bicycle data collection and surveys.

Subject Areas(s):
Pedestrians and Bicyclists

Authors interested in submitting papers are advised to visit and review the Information for Authors. Authors submitting papers in response to this Call for Papers should submit full papers for peer review to the Transportation Research Board online at This paper submission is open from June 1 to August 1. Please show the sponsoring committee name or the Call for Papers title on the papers submission form. Please contact the Call for Papers organizer if you are submitting a paper or need additional information.

Paper Submission Requirements

TRB has a single paper submittal deadline for the Annual Meeting. Papers must be in PDF format and submitted by August 1. The paper submission website will close when it is no longer August 1 anywhere in the world. Also, authors are asked to add line numbering to their papers in their word-processing program (starting with number one on each page) prior to converting to PDF to facilitate the review process. TRB recommends that authors submit their papers well before the deadline to avoid last minute complications and delays.

Call Organizer:
Ema Yamamoto (

Call For Papers · TRB 94th Annual Meeting · January 11-15, 2015
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