[...] U.S is Not Europe, Can it Ever Be? by Bike Shop Girl This is a complimentary article to “They Say We Need More Women Bicycle Commuters” at [...]
The make-up and hair issue is not as important as the safety issues. Women cyclists are more vulnerable to attacks while riding bikes. Many cities are not safe for female solo riders, especially at night. Many women lack basic repair skills (fixing flat tires, adjusting brakes and derailleurs) which leave them at risk on the road and on trails. Safety is also an issue for female pedestrians. Cyclists, runners and walkers need to demand safe routes.
What’s presentable? The blush of exercise beats blush from a cosmetic kit any day! As for being sweaty or having to “fix up” on arrival, that’s more incentive for workplaces to have adequate restroom facilities, even showers, for those who have strenuous commutes. Many workplaces already do–such as NextSpace, Santa Cruz.
Not socially acceptable to bike around town? Wouldn’t want to risk being considered uncool, eh? Surely Baby Boomers who have broken new social ground all our lives can band together with the generations after us in demonstrating the coolness of cycling. The only thing socially unacceptable I can imagine about cycling would be ignoring traffic laws or being barely visible. In fact, be bold and dress in bright colors to promote safety–your own and that of the motorists and pedestrians around you. And be proud to be part of the increasing numbers of people who are cycling!
As for me, I’d given up commuter cycling for too long and am back to it again, hence my “We’re All Heroes on This Bus: How Clark Sleeth and Ma Earth Inspired My Return to Cycling.” Thanks for your support, BikeShopGirl.
Yes, but we are talking “non cyclist” or 1/2 of my customer base. They don’t want to show up to work, coffee or whatever and look like they rode their bike there.
I read some of your posts and was wondering if you wanted to exchange links. Great site.