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Online discussion tackles lack of micromobility use among women

Published February 25, 2021

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — An upcoming event on International Women's Day explores why a disproportionate number of men use micromobility compared to women and what can be done to increase ridership.

Micromobility navigation app ScootRoute and other industry leaders will host the free online discussion "Women on Wheels: Making Micromobility Safer for Female Riders" on March 8 — International Women's Day — from noon to 12:45 EST. With a 2019 National Household Travel Survey study finding men are twice as likely to ride scooters compared to women, micromobility options are growing with the COVID-19 pandemic spurring a bike and scooter boom for those looking for public transportation alternatives.

The upcoming panel will seek solutions for the micromobility industry to become more diverse. Topics include safe navigation solutions, the female riding experience, tips for riding, and product innovation.

"As a Vespa rider for more than 10 years and a female CEO in a male-dominated industry, I know firsthand about the safety concerns and frustrations that women face who are in this space," said ScootRoute founder and CEO Meghan Braley. "Whether it's navigating through busy traffic, to feeling unsafe riding at night, women need more resources, and that's why we decided to host the upcoming panel."

Speakers include Braley, SomEV and battery engineer Natasha George, Jafe Cycling owner and workshop host to promote safe biking and repairs Matt Onojafe, and Saturday Night Bike Club Director of Cyclist Engagement Ashley Ndiaye.

Reservations are required. Go to Eventbrite to register.

Topics associated with this article: DEI and Sustainability

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