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How Buenos Aires boosted gender equality — by getting women on bikes

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The pandemic has given us the chance to rethink which type of city we would like to live in. The restrictions imposed by the virus have challenged us and forced us to rethink mobility schemes which were previously unthinkable. It has also given us the opportunity to revisit and revise the process we had already begun. In this back and forth, we have further strengthened our conviction to accelerate transformations and policies that have been put in place in the last few years, in order to create a city that offers equal access to opportunities, just as we have always imagined.

In this way, over the last few weeks, the avenues Corrientes and Córdoba have given way to bicycles. We have transformed the two most emblematic streets in the city and have created a new safe space of coexistence for all, without the need of users having to interpose or invade other actors’ lanes. On a daily basis, bicycles have begun to flood the cycle lanes and the results have been immediate; bicycle trips have increased 44% in these avenues since the incorporation of this infrastructure.

The first surveys carried out highlighted an interesting data point which strengthened that this is a phenomenon, sustained and continuous over the last ten years, which continues to evolve with the extension of the cycle lanes. In less than a month the number of women cycling in the avenues Corrientes and Cordoba has doubled, going from 8% to 19%.

Historically the bicycle represents, for women on a global scale, a symbol of freedom – and this increase demonstrates that this change should be promoted and expanded upon.

We are convinced that, in order to create a more equal society for women and other gender identities, we must create safe spaces where people can feel free, autonomous and independent; so that the city does not pose barriers or obstacles. Safe spaces realized so that citizens do not have to think about what to wear before leaving their homes and going out onto the street, making longer trips to reach their destination or avoid certain areas, spending more money, or deciding not to travel because it is nighttime.

When a public policy is conceptualized, whichever one it may be, it is essential to understand the difference that exists in the perception, use and necessities of transport between men and women and the role that mobility plays in their daily life. We know that women experience and move throughout the city in a different way than men. Specifically, in the city of Buenos Aires, their trips are linked to caretaking and they are principally made on public transport and by foot. We also know that the pandemic has highlighted many of these inequalities, which has been reflected in the increase in the number of gender violence cases or the burden carried in regards to caretaking in this context of isolation.

We want women to feel that the city is their own and that they do not need to plan their movements due to any symbolic nor physical barrier.

Within this strategy, last year we presented the first Gender and Mobility Plan in the city, which treated the gender inequality in the transport and mobility environment, not just in planning but also employment inclusion, mobility data and awareness of gender problematics, such as street harassment.

Inequality in relation to mobility and access to public transport implies less access to other rights, and the exit of the pandemic must be made in such a way that offers more opportunities for all. The journey is long but our public policies are transversal and we are focusing on removing the mobility gender barrier.

This article was written by Juanjo Mendez, Secretary of Transportation and Public Works, Government of the City of Buenos Aires, on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter.


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Published October 25, 2020 — 14:00 UTC

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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