Almost three-quarters of women in seven UK cities never ride a motorcycle for local journeys, despite having a positive perception of cycling, says a survey.
More than 7,700 residents of Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Greater Manchester were surveyed for Sustrans.
“Most of our cities are failing to design roads and streets for women to cycle, ” the charity said.
It says more dedicated routes would encourage people to ride bikes.
The cities surveyed are so-called Bike Life cities – part of a UK-wide assessment of cycling.
Twice as many men as females cycle at least once a week in the cities, the report said.
This is despite 72% saying things would be better if people in general cycled most often and more than two-thirds( 68%) believing their city would be a better place to live and work if more people cycled.