Tackling car-centric transport planning is not only a climate issue – it is also about overcoming androcentric and car-centric planning as a means of oppression. The transport sector is exemplary for the challenges and the need for a holistic and just transition along the lines of a feminist transformation.
Mobility surveys and data form the basis for urban transport planning and policy. However, the applied methodologies often neglect the existing gender data gap. Gender-blind interventions in public transport can exacerbate existing gender and accessibility inequalities. It is therefore imperative to take a feminist perspective when gathering, compiling, and analysing data for evidence-based transport planning and policy.
Together with WhereIsMyTransport and Groots, we have worked on the development, testing and analysis of gender-inclusive mobility data gathering. The mixed-method research methodology and piloting focused on women as users of public transport and infrastructure. The findings highlight the need to rethink and adapt traditional survey and planning methodologies so that transparent and user-oriented transport planning criteria can be applied and public transport truly serves all members of society.