The Relationship Between Gender and Bicycling Behaviour

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There is an abundant amount of existing literature that proposes that females are less likely than males to cycle for transport in countries with low bicycle transport mode share, such as The United States. I will investigate the relationship between gender and bicycling behaviour, and whether female commuter cyclists are more likely to use certain types of bicycle infrastructure over others. Relative to utilitarian bicycling, the study of gender issues in planning leads to the success of social inclusion as well as economic regeneration, and bicycling as a form of active transportation is important due to its individual, social, economic, and environmental benefits. (Garrard, Crawford & Hakman, 2006) These include health benefits, traffic…show more content…
The boundary will be Jane Street to the west, Victoria Park Avenue to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the north, and Lake Ontario to the south. All data will be acquired through different kinds of workforces and institutions that have varying demographic factors such as ethnicity, age, income, and from both public and private sectors to ensure low levels of bias. These qualitative interviews will allow for participants to explain their experiences in their own words, unexpected responses, and the exploration of more in-depth meaning behind gender differences in bicycling behaviour in Torontonians. The three focus groups will allow people to feel empowered and express their opinions freely, and participants will be able to query one another and explain their answers amongst the group. (Neuman et al, 2012) They will be held in three different locations throughout the city and three different research team members will facilitate based on their personality traits, and a pretest will be employed prior to the sessions. (Masadeh, 2012) The focus groups will host a diverse group of individual volunteers and will be advertised throughout Toronto and in varying institutions, workplaces, and hubs to ensure this. This group will comprise six to twelve people, depending on the response rate. Focus groups can have limitations such as: the possibility if groupthink, existing polarization effects, the effects of the moderator, time consuming and few topics can be

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