Gender Mainstreaming European Transport Research and Policies: Building the Knowledge Base and Mapping Good Practices

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This report documents that there are clear and persistent gender differences in travel patterns. Men consistently travel further than women, men are more likely to travel by car and women by public transport, and women’s trips tend to be more lo- cal. Explanations to these differences are linked to unequal gendered relations in the household and labour market and urban structures as well as gender socialisation. This means that men and women make different uses of a shared system of transport.
Gender is a central stratifying factor in transport use at all levels. In order to pro- vide a more complete picture of gender differences, and in order to qualify EU goals of combating multi-level inequalities, there is a need to link gender with the broa- der axes of inequalities, namely ethnicity, sexuality, age and handicap in future stu- dies of transport and mobility.

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