6 Reasons The World Needs More Girls on Bikes

High Heels Plus Cruiser Bike photo

Photo thedigitel via flickr.

Most bike commuters find that the negative assumptions they had about bike commuting are mostly false. This goes double for women, who might find that riding in high heels is easier than walking in them; a special wardrobe is not necessarily required (though fun); and that biking boosts a sense of freedom in ways a car no longer can. Benefits to women are multiple, and the benefits to society are just as big. Read on for how we all get dividends when women take to their bikes.
Marimekko Girl on Bike photo

Sometimes the urban cityscape needs that bit of beauty of a girl on a bike. Photo Shanghaist.

1. The World Will Be Better Looking.

Girls and women riding definitely make the morning commute more interesting. High heels, multi-culti fashion, and that sensation that is so well embodied in urban styles of Copenhagen and Paris - city streets just basically look better with lots of women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and colors riding.

Women Bike Racers photo

Photo via Faster Panda Kill Kill @ flickr.

2. There is Safety in Numbers.

The reports aren't hard to find, but one of the most interesting and recent from New York: in spite of the huge upsurge in biking, pushed in part by the city's Broadway pedestrian and bike mall, bike accidents have gone down. Other drivers that see more women in the streets also tend to slow down.

Couple of Cycles photo

Photo of a couple of city bikes DennisKatina via flickr.

3. Sweat Equity

Even in bike-crazy Portland, the stats have showed an approximate split of 70% male riders versus 30% female riders. In Paris, there's a similar split, says mobility consultant Eric Britton. The numbers are even more skewed in other places. If you dig a little, the main reason women seem to avoid biking is certain fears about traffic, helmet head, and problems riding in a skirt that can be unfounded.

Discover more reasons the world needs more girls on bikes on page 2.

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