Babes and Bicycles

Scientific American is reporting that that best lead indicator for bikeability are women riders. Jan Garrard, a senior lecturer at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, says,

If you want to know if an urban environment supports cycling, you can forget about all the detailed ‘bikeability indexes’—just measure the proportion of cyclists who are female.”

Apparently, women are more averse to risk then men; therefore they are considered an “indicator species”.  So how does this influence or hinder women from riding a bicycle?  Well, risk aversion translates into increased demand for safe bicycle infrastructure as a precondition for riding. Perhaps it is because they are smarter then men too, but women tend to avoid busy streets when riding, and often choose the safer, less direct route to their destination.

So please, let’s make bicycling safer for women. Not for my sake, but for their sake. Well, perhaps for my sake too…there’s just something about a woman on a bicycle.  It’s hot.

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3 Responses to “Babes and Bicycles”


  1. 1 brody

    Best entry ever lol!

  2. 2 kathryn

    It is widely known that there are few more sexier sights than a woman on a bicycle.

    But let’s be clear ~ you gentlemen are right up there.

    Just a few examples: http://chiccyclist.blogspot.com/2009/08/handsome-parisian-men-on-bicycles.html

    http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/04/15/fashion/20090416-codes-slideshow_index.html

    and pretty much all of MiamiBikeScene’s videos… http://vimeo.com/user801204

    Note to self: take pictures of TM writers on bicycles on Sunday, October 4th’s Bike Miami Day…

  3. 3 Daniel M. Perez (Slow Bike Miami)

    Cycle Chic is unisex. :-)

    Folks, can we get TM on Twitter somehow? It’d be so much easier RT your posts via @BikeMiami that way.

    Pretty please.

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