Vienna Redesigns Transportation to Accommodate Women
In 1999, city planners asked residents to fill out a survey about how they use public transportation, and found stark gender divides in how people spent their time—and therefore how they used the city.
Women still are tasked with handling the majority of domestic responsibilities—grocery shopping, hauling kids around, completing chores. Women are the schleppers. As irritating as this conclusion is, the city’s response was pure gold: They started the long process of reorganizing infrastructure to ease intra-neighborhood running around, instead of just focusing on commute-based transportation. That means wider sidewalks and more ramps for pedestrians pushing carts and strollers, closer schools and drugstores, and more courtyards where children can run around while you run errands.
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