In the United States there is only one woman bicycle rider for every 2 men riders. However, this is not the case for the rest of the word. In fact in most bicycle friendly cities around the world the split is closer to 50/50. However, in the United States woman do not feel as safe, for good reason, biking is more dangerous in our car centric country. As you know my wife recently purchased her first road bike and is very excited to start riding! Statistically there are more men that ride than woman, although that is changing every day. Cities that have bike share pay close attention to the percentage of women that ride. The reason for this is simple, women are much more risk-averse. As the percentage of woman riders increases there is a strong indication that bike riding is safer for all. In my research for information about women own bike shops I came across a very useful site called www.bikeshopgirl.com. This site is owned by a woman named Arleigh Jenkins and she is a bike enthusiast.
I encourage all woman to check out this site, there is much useful information. As many of us might remember when we started out it is quite intimidating to purchase your first bike. You almost have to learn another language if you are a novice. As intimidated as a man might be in a store a woman is exponentially more intimidated. There are now some bike shops in the country that are owned and for woman only. One of these shops is BFF Bikes in Chicago. These can be a great resource for woman for obvious reasons.
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As a bicycle injury lawyer, I am always concerned about bike safety. As you might expect the more woman that ride the safer biking will be. This is for several reasons. First, more woman will ride only when biking is safer. Second, woman statistically are in less accidents than men. Thirdly, as the percentage of bikers rises, so does the percentage of drivers who are looking out for other bikers!
Ride. Be Safe. Have Fun.
Bicycle Injury Lawyer/ Enthusiast