Women on Wheels: Gender and Cycling in Solo, Indonesia


Song, Lily, Mariel Kirschen and John Taylor. 2019. “Women on Wheels: Gender and  Cycling in Solo, Indonesia.” Journal of Tropical Geography 40 (1): 140-157.

Authors: Lily Song, Mariel Kirschen, John Taylor


This paper explores the question of how to promote cycling among women who face disproportionate mobility and accessibility barriers in rapidly urbanizing contexts by analyzing empirical findings from a multi‐method research study based in Solo, Indonesia. Building on and applying a combination of critical gender, geography, and development perspectives, it focuses on the perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors of women residing in low‐income neighbourhoods with little access to public transportation networks in Solo as an ‘indicator species for bike‐friendly cities’. Based on research and analytic findings, the paper further contemplates alternative policy and planning approaches to promoting cycling in more gender‐inclusive and responsive terms.

Topics: Gender, Women, Infrastructure, Transportation Regions: Asia, Southeast Asia Countries: Indonesia

Year: 2019

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