Oh, come on!! How is this a gender discrimination issue? I'm a woman and I
didn't want to stink at work. But neither did my guy friends. Seriously! It
is a choice, not discrimination. I learned to ride a bike in the 1960s and have
seldom felt pressured not to use it because I was a female. On the other hand,
it is an established fact that women have more caution built into their brains
than men and that doesn't level out until men are in their late 20's.
So it is logical that women have a different perception of the risks involved.
Good for them. They will be safer bikers. I'd like to see more women
biking, but I don't think that something needs to get "fixed" to
make biking more woman friendly. (Yup, I had other lady friends who biked and
change clothes and did hair when they arrived). Women, just do it!! You
don't want to be considered cheated. So just take the initiative if it is
important to you.
I’m on the other end of this argument. I despise bicyclists on the roads.
They blow through lights, cut in front of me, ride outside the lane (I know
it’s thorny boo hoo), ride two or three across on two lane roads, and have
even caused me to nearly hit a biker because they jetted out around another
biker while I was towing a boat and nearly crashed into me! Bikers should not
be on the roads above a 25 mph speed limit. If you can’t ride the limit
and stay in your bike lane, stay off the road no matter what gender you are...
I am a female cyclist who would LOVE to bike to work, but with no facilities to
do hair and makeup, let alone shower or change, it's really not an option.
It's really not about vanity, but about what is socially acceptable. I
can't walk around the office and appear professional with wet hair, which
is what happens when I sweat. If someone could figure out a product that would
keep my head safe and my head dry when I ride, it would give me more options.
I used to ride a bike to work until a bus ran a red light and almost hit me. I
gave up riding on the road after that.
I love this article, and I think the amount of sexist comments that have
resulted from it serve as evidence that this is a problem. I have biked to work
(and biked everywhere, it was my only form of transportation) in Provo for 5
years and I loved it. And no, my hair getting messed up did not stop me from
biking........ But I have often felt unsafe biking for other reasons-
namely things like a lack of bicycle lanes, and not knowing enough about bike
repairs. I love seeing all the classes, social rides, and programs geared
towards women to empower them and give them a chance to continue to advance
Suppose we charge a fee (say, $20.00) for each time a man rides a city bike
lane, or perhaps it could be based on distance like on the toll roads. We
could then use the money to pay women to ride the same lanes. The greater
distance a woman rides, the more she's paid. Fair enough?
worf: "Time for regulations to even out bike commuting.
Discrimination?Why are women denied the right to ride bikes?Who sits
around and think up these things?Sounds like more liberal rubbish!"Sheesh, the snowflakes are out today! You'd better not get on a
bike, you might melt.
Everyone telling women what to do. Let freedom ring.
It's funny we never see articles advocating for the need for more women
putting up power lines, roofing, or plumbing.No, "equality"
for women never include dirty, difficult, or dangerous jobs.
Who sits around and think up these things?Sounds like more liberal
I have been a bike commuter for the last 12 years and 40,000 miles. As a bike
commuter, you have to put up with a little "I don't care" in the
way you are "put together" when at work. I'm not sure women have
the ability to put up with the "I don't care factor" as well as men
As a avid bicycle rider, I road my bicycle every day and on weekends, I would
ride at least 50 miles. When I would ride long rides, the roads I normally take
in the area where I live, Parowan, I always ride agains traffic! I am not saying
it is the correct thing to do, but I could see the vehicles coming, I always
wave and have never had a problem.It is so important, while riding to be
aware of everything and everyone around you.It is very dangerous if you
don’t watch every vehicle in front of you, shindig you, and all else.While riding in the city, it is essential to ride on proper side of the
road.I would encourage all women to try to start riding a bicycle. Start
out with small steps, maybe 10-15 minuets, no more. Most will want to ride
longer, that is always where to problems start! Even with a short ride as
mentioned above, YOUR BUTT will hurt. Go longer it will really hurt.If you
start slow, you can get addicted.Great luck Ladies.
It is time to pass a law, so that more women will RIDE BICYCLES!
Better yet, Esquire, we could copy Seattle, which promised bike lanes in
downtown Seattle for $860K per mile but ended up paying over $13M per mile
instead! And did bicycle usage increase significantly due to this massive waste
of money? Not noticably.Look, I have commuted to work by bicycle
for over 8 years, and here's the elephant in the room that no one (notably
Ralph Becker, who wanted to spend big on bike lanes in SLC) here in Utah seems
to want to address--I can only commute to work by bicycle for about 7 or 8
months of the year here. It gets too cold, too dark, and too snowy the rest of
the year, and then I'm in my car like everyone else.
As long as women insist on caring about hair and makeup they will not commute on
bikes in the same numbers as men.Women simply care more about their
hair and makeup than they do the benefits of bike riding.Sounds like
we need a new law.
Great article! I bike commute and its one of the highlights of my life. My wife
doesn't bike to work because she doesn't like to get sweaty,
doesn't enjoy the challenge of biking uphill, and the reward isn't
worth the effort in her mind. Like the article said, more butts in bikes is a
good thing for everyone, though.
Learn to wear a helmet and look out for cars. Learn which side of the street to
be on and if necessary learn out to signal with your arm. Most bike repairs that
anyone would do on the road can be done with usualy only one to 3 tools that can
be easily carried on the bike. None of these requirements prohibit ANYONE other
than limitations they put on themselves. Which begs the question? What on earth
is this all about?
Oh by the way, I'll bet if you checked, less women than men also ride
motorcycles to work. Is that sexist also?
Maybe women should go to eBikes since they aren't built with a lot of
strength in their bodies.
From my discussions with women in my office, it seems that a big concern of
theirs is the need to shower, put on makeup, and do their hair - once again -
when they get to work. Men seem to just slap on some deodorant and get to
work.Not sure which is worse: Female vanity, or male hygiene.
Very funny, the feminist movement has advanced in scouting and high school
sports but not biking wow.
Better infrastructure will make cyclists feel safer. It creates a better
community for all. Look at Houten, Netherlands. I would post a link, but I
can't here. But The Guardian has a great article and video that shows what
Houten did. It won't be replicated, but it might lead to better ideas.
Communities are always enhanced when more people cycle.
And we care why?
Hmmm, bikes apparently are tools of the patriarchy. Because what else, besides
oppression, can possibly explain gender differences?
This is news?
Time for regulations to even out bike commuting. Discrimination?Why
are women denied the right to ride bikes?