CIVITAS Policy Note: Gender equality and mobility: mind the gap!

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Tool type

Guidance document / Manual WIKI

Application area

  • Other

Target Audience

  • Rural areas
  • Metropolitan regions


This Policy Note focuses on gender-sensitive mobility planning. In both the international body of literature and transport planning, the gender dimension of mobility and sustainability has received relatively little attention so far. This is despite the fact that gender is, next to age and income, a significant factor in accounting for differences in mobility behaviour. Moreover, women are recognised as being more likely to adopt sustainable travel behaviours than men.

Based on such considerations, gender-sensitive policy recommendations are drawn: key issues to be tackled are the support of women’s participation in decision-making, the improvement in accessibility, safety and comfort of transport modes and the planning of transport services in response to gender needs.

Thematic areas

Active mobility
  • Walking
  • Cycling

Collective passenger transport & shared mobility
  • Service improvements

Clean & energy-efficient vehicles
  • Electric vehicles
  • Cleaner vehicles
  • Fuelling Infrastructure
  • Cleaner fleets

Smart, Sustainable, Connected and Shared mobility
  • Connected and automated transport
  • Real-time road-user information
  • ITS-based enhancement of public transport
  • ITS for traffic

Demand & urban space management

Behavioural change & mobility management
  • Mobility Planning

Road safety & security
  • Enhancing passenger security
  • Safer roads, bike and foot paths
  • Cybersecurity and data privacy

Urban logistics
  • Distribution consolidation schemes
  • Fleet management
  • Urban freight transport plans

Integrated & inclusive planning
  • Spatial planning / land-use planning
  • Multimodal hubs
  • Cooperation of policy fields and institutional stakeholders
  • Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans - SUMP

Public participation & co-creation


TRT Trasporti e Territorio / Simone Bosetti / CIVITAS WIKI

bosetti [at]


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