Thursday, January 27, 2011

Women's Cycling Survey Report Now Ready

Last year, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals conducted a survey for female cyclists. We helped promote it here on our blog and a whopping 13,000 women responded!

The report is now ready for your reading pleasure. Click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page for a link to the full report. If you're time-crunched like me, you'll skip to the last section and read,
The operation of motorized vehicles, (especially distracted driving) dominate women’s safety concerns about cycling. Furthermore, infrastructure change, particularly the addition of more bike lanes, appears to be a primary factor for increasing women’s cycling.
In other words, if we construct more ways to separate cars from bikes, more women will ride their bicycles more often. My guess is this may be just as true for men and children. At the risk of plagiarizing Kevin Costner,  "If we build it, they will come."

So find out what your local area is doing to create more bike lanes and bicycle paths, and offer your help. To find the groups working in your area, go to the Alliance for Biking & Walking. The more people who get out of their cars and onto their bicycles, the safer it will be for all of us!

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