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  • abit

    I suspect a large part of the perceived increase in female cycling comes from the two different measures presented: percent of all bike trips made by women and percent of bike-share users who are women. All bike trips include recreational trips for sport or leisure while bike-share trips are generally around-town transportation. Transportation studies around the world show women, on average, take several shorter trips per day while men make one longer commute. Thus biking is already a good transportation choice for women--the question is, do bike share programs increase the number of in-town transportation trips made by women on bicycles?

  • CelloMom

    Could the gender gap come simply because women are more risk-averse than men? Build the safe bike paths (physically separated from car lanes) and the moms and all the other women will come.
    Then there's the helmet hair. Build the safe bike paths and you don't need helmets (nobody wears helmets in Denmark or Holland). Heck, even CelloDad, who hardly has hair at all, refuses to bike in the US because he has to wear a helmet.

  • Thierry Phillips

    I'm completely sold on biking, every time I can get back to regular usage of my bike, I love it, my health improves, etc.
    But there are so many factors that mitigate against that (in my own case)- BikeShare locally would probably not be very effective; I would do a lot more light commercial work and the quick local runs with a trike, but the physical demands are pretty steep for me at age 60, and I can't afford an electric (not to mention I lose the health benefits unless I pedal a lot, and many heavy electric trikes don't even have pedals); most of the impediments have a lot to do with the inadequate deployment and inaccessibility to those with greatest need of appropriate gear, but that's a problem with the conventional economic/social paradigm, which won't change of its own accord, but most likely require a catastrophic series of stimuli, and probably decades off, long after my own difficulties are moot.
    Still, I never actually expected to see as good an idea as BikeShare take off as well as it has. Only a couple of years after it's in NYC, the moronic complaints have almost disappeared. Wow!

  • marieantonelle

    Mostly, the studies might have been conducted by men because one obvious reason, at least here in France, why women prefer bike-share, is that it is mostly them who take their kids to school... and back! not always easy with bags and a bike! So, let's have men taking care of kids and you'll have more women on their own bikes :)