Road gritting is "sexist" and must change, according to a highways chief that claimed de-icing operations are primarily focused on getting men to work in cars.
While gritting lorries clear major roads, cycle and footpaths – more commonly used by women – are left frozen.
That can "leave active travel users counting the costs with broken limbs", said Alex Beckett, chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council's highways and transport committee.
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The council is taking £300,000 from the highways budget for a risk-based review of the network covered by winter gritting to ensure it is optimised and giving value for money.
Mr Beckett, a Liberal Democrat, said: "We do need to review the network. It's currently years out of date and primarily focused on getting men to work in cars.
"It's a network focused on businessmen and councillors, not representative of normal people and their lives.
"There is a large body of evidence that gritting routes defined like this can be sexist and can leave active travel users counting the costs with broken limbs."
His comments were based on study by a Swedish gender equality initiative that found the "routine of clearing snow typically benefited men over women".
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The study said: "In the winter snow was cleared first on main roads leading into the city, benefiting commuters – who were mostly men.
"Foot and cycle paths were cleared last – not so good for pedestrians and cyclists, who were very often women travelling with children in pushchairs."
The study found 79% of pedestrian injuries occurred in winter – and 69% of the victims were women.
Clearing paths first halved accidents and saved local government money, according to the report.
But Tory councillor Steve Count branded Mr Beckett's comments bizarre, saying the highways chief "seems to think only men drive to work and then amusingly accuses others of sexism.
"I can assure him there’s no shortage of female drivers going to work, certainly not where I live. It's an odd view."
Cambridgeshire’s 37 gritters currently clear 34% of the county's roads, while all major roads are gritted by Highway England.
The council has two quad bikes which treat over 50km of cycleways and a team of 70 volunteers who salt pavements.
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