The Bicycle Association is proud to support the Women in Transport Equity Index, a project to help revolutionise diversity and equity in the transport sector. The Equity Index will survey the industry with 10 mandatory and ten optional questions, providing valuable data to help the cycling and transport industry achieve greater diversity and equity.
The Women in Transport Equity Index survey will be live and open for registration from 3 July 2023. This momentous occasion marks a significant milestone in the ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusivity within the transport sector. The Index seeks to identify and address the real gender diversity in transport-related positions, fostering an environment where all individuals have equal access to opportunities and resources.
The project has the official support of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) for Cycling and Walking, and for Women in Transport.
Ruth Cadbury MP, Chair of both APPGs, said: “This is a significant point in the quest for a more diverse and equitable transport workforce … By fostering inclusivity and highlighting best practice, we hope to inspire other sectors to follow our lead, creating a ripple effect of positive change across industries.”
Steve Garidis, Executive Director of the Bicycle Association, said: “As a sustainable, inclusive mode of transport, cycling – and the cycle industry – is a strategic enabler of the UK’s transition to net zero, delivering green jobs and opening up access to mobility. Making our industry more diverse is crucial to achieving all this, enabling us to attract and retain the best talent, and reach out to a broader customer base. We are delighted to support the Women in Transport Equity Index, as it aligns with our commitment to creating a cycling industry that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive for all.”
Georgia Yexley, founder of Loud Mobility and BA Diversity Advisory Board Member, said: “The call to action is a shared responsibility to fix the issue of underrepresenting and – worse – underserving huge portions of the population. The BA’s recent Diversity in Cycling report spoke to the fact that “women make up 49% of the UK workforce. Yet in the UK cycling industry, just 8% of workshop-based roles, and 19% of customer-facing roles, are occupied by women”.
With over 1.5 million people employed in the transport sector and significant challenges in attracting, recruiting, and retaining diverse talent, the Women in Transport Equity Index is a vital initiative to create a more equitable and inclusive transport industry. Companies are encouraged to participate in the survey and identify areas for improvement.
The survey is open to anyone in the transport community and can be accessed here.
The Equity Index is a partnership between Women in Transport and WORK180 with support from Kier Highways, The Merchant Navy Training Board, The Bicycle Association, MobilityLab and more.
Elizabeth Elford, [email protected]
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About the BA’s diversity work
Through its work to champion diversity in the cycling industry, the Bicycle Association aims to unite and align the industry behind a shared commitment to creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive workplace, unlocking more value for all. Read the full report at www.bicycleassociation.org.uk/diversity-in-cycling
About the Bicycle Association
The Bicycle Association (BA) is the national trade association for the UK cycle industry. It represents the best interests of the UK cycle industry to government, stakeholders and the general public. The BA’s purpose is to grow the UK cycling industry, increase everyday cycling and remove barriers to cycling for everyone. www.bicycleassociation.org.uk