Survey: Why Aren’t More Women on Bicycle Advisory Committees?

Attention women bicyclists! Did you know that in California women don’t join bicycle advisory bodies nearly as much as men? A graduate student from San José State has created an online survey to understand why. If you are a woman who bikes, your participation would really help! The survey should take under 5 minutes and will be open until September 30, 2011. You can find it here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BACS. If you have questions about the study, email...

Women talk about the benefits and joys of cycling (Streetfilms video)

Although cycling is on the upswing in the South Bay, it has been a mostly a male dominated actvity. San Jose's Bike Party has changed this a bit with ever increasing numbers of women riders. SJBP has been an excellent way for new women riders to sample the joy of cycling and community with other women riders. July's Ladies Ride was a huge success with over 350 cyclists. For many this was their first time to experience cycling with such a supportive group. From my own bike shop experience I am seeing just as many women shopping for bikes as men. This has also helped to diversify the styles of bikes out there. For such a long time everybody wanted a mountain bike but they were used for everything but mountain biking. Now you see more folding bikes as well as cruisers and more utilitarian styles. Women cyclists, I believe have helped to spark this trend. Tell us what you think ladies. How long have you been riding? What got you into cycling (or back on the bike after many years)? How do you encourage other women? Just leave a comment. In this video production by Streetfilms New York city women speak about their experiences cycling in America's most progressive bike city. photo: Richard...

APBP seeks female cyclists for survey

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is gathering input from women and girls only on cycling issues through an online survey. The survey takes an average of 15 minutes, and is more fun than the census form. The survey will be open until May 1. The link is http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=261ae%2f5vYW6CL0QNgnk24U4cIFo3C4tY… As has been mentioned before, the health of a bicycling community can be gauged by the number of women involved. Let's show just how healthy the Silicon Valley and Peninsula bicycling communities are. Ladies, commence...

Women serve as bicycling “indicator species”

Women serve as an indicator species for the health of a city's cycling scene; so says Scientific American in a recent article titled “How to Get More Bicyclists on the Road.” The author argues that because of factors like gender roles and risk aversion, the proportion of women riding within a city can help urban planners gauge the success of their strategies. The article reasons that female ridership increases when cycling routes are safe and practical, and this of course increases overall ridership. What a concept! From Scientific American: “Women are considered an 'indicator species' for bike-friendly cities for several reasons. First, studies across disciplines as disparate as criminology and child ­rearing have shown that women are more averse to risk than men. In the cycling arena, that risk aversion translates into increased demand for safe bike infrastructure as a prerequisite for riding. Women also do most of the child care and household shopping, which means these bike routes need to be organized around practical urban destinations to make a difference.” It would seem, as we work to get more cyclists on the road, we need to pay more attention to gender parity in an often male-dominated activity. What do you think, ladies (and gents)? Thank you Suzanne for bringing this article to my...