Elly has been an dedicated bicycle and transportation activist for years, working with Shift to Bikes, Carfree Portland, organizing the Towards Carfree Cities Conference (the first held in the U.S.) and for the last year has acted as the managing editor of the popular and influential Bike Portland blog.
In this capacity, Elly examined some of the experiences she has had as a rider, a customer, a journalist, and an advocate in the male-dominated cycling world. It’s a touchy subject, certainly: her article generated 194 comments, many positive and affirming, some less so.
Elly notes a recent study by Scientific American which confirms what is obvious to any cyclist, that women are outnumbered in bicycle trips in the U.S. 2:1, or 3:1, in the case of New York City. Women are not just underrepresented on the road, but also in bicycle shops, and advocacy leadership positions. Scientific American suggests that “women are considered an “indicator species” for bike-friendly cities”, so what do we need to get more women on bikes? Here are a few possibilities off the top of my head.
In order to improve our the health of our communities, it is essential that we move away from single passenger car usage by funding transit and bicycle infrastructure, as well as doing whatever possible to get more people riding bicycles.