Tiffany has been undertaking cycling and gender activism and research for the past four years, having first got involved with cycling activism in 2014 in Washington DC. Here Tiffany was a ‘Roll Model’ for the Women & Bicycles group, via the local cycling advocacy group, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, to encourage, inspire, and mentor more women to cycle. She organised and led group rides, usually to brunch spots or cafes on the weekend, to help build social infrastructure for cycling. She also did one-on-one lessons with women to teach them how to cycle or to help them practice their cycling skills so they could gain the confidence to ride on the road.
Tiffany then moved to London to complete her masters at the London School of Economics Cities Programme (LSE Cities), where she started research into the gender gap in cycling, making it the subject of her dissertation.
I believe it is important to build a pipeline of women cyclists who are advancing gender-inclusivity in cycling within academia, engineering, and policy.
Since graduating in 2016, Tiffany has travelled extensively to share her research with different audiences across the USA, UK and Scandinavia. She has also presented to Sustrans and Transport for London, to advise those working on cycling infrastructure on how to incorporate a gender lens in their work.
At present, Tiffany is a mentor to MSc students at both UCL and LSE who are writing their dissertations on various gender and cycling issues.
Tiffany says, “I believe it is important to build a pipeline of women cyclists who are advancing gender-inclusivity in cycling within academia, engineering, and policy. I just put together a zine, Mind the Cycling Gender Gap, that interweaves stories of women cyclists along with urban and feminist theory.”