Cycling investment only benefits 'white, young men', says Birmingham councillor
£23m of investment to transform Birmingham into a cycling city is discriminatory and only benefits "white, young men", according to a local councillor (Birmingham Post).
The DfT has provided £17m and the city council a further £6.3m to make Birmingham a "Cycle City" with a network of new routes for cyclists.
Birmingham City Councillor Deirdre Alden has expressed concern that such a large investment is being made in a mode of transport predominantly used by young men.
According to the Birmingham Post, Councillor Alden said: "The vast majority of cyclists on our roads are young, white men.
“Most elderly people are not going to cycle, and it would be dangerous for them to start on our streets now.
"Women of any ethnic group who wish to wear modest clothing, and I count myself in that category, are not going to cycle. It is a discriminatory form of transport."
The aim of the Birmingham project is to double the number of trips made by bike from 5% to 10% of the total in the city by 2033 – with the aim of making the city greener, healthier and safer.