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When I tell people I run a website with the goal to empower women in cycling they automatically hear “feminist.” This is as far from truth as you can get as I simply want more people on bikes, and realize that a huge opportunity is to empower women on two wheels.
Last week the Bike League released a report wrapping women’s cycling stats and misconceptions together. The report, Women on a Roll, is a great summary of the state of cycling but not just for women – for everyone. Anyone working to get more people on bikes could benefit from reading the stats and assumptions found in this report. Stripping the spandex and politics from getting more bikes on the road this report gives a great baseline for many shops and advocacy groups to build forward momentum off of.
Focus on the 5 C’s
Catchy, but effective. The 5 C’s will help increase ridership in all communities (and across most niches.)
If brands, product managers, bike shop owners, and advocacy directors focused on the 5 C’s cycling will be headed in a positive direction.
The League of American Bicyclists sent out the blurb below about bicycle rider equality.
Bicycling has more than doubled from 1.7 billion trips in 2001 to more than four billion trips in 2009 — and youth, women, and communities of color are playing a key role in shifting transportation demand towards safe, accessible, and equitable bicycling for all. A new report from the League and the Sierra Club, “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity,” showcases analysis and data on the changing face and new leadership in the bike movement nationwide, as well as key challenges and opportunities to advance equity moving forward.
Read more on the Bike League.
Reposted from BikeLeague.org
The past decade has seen dramatic growth in biking, with the total number of trips more than doubling from 1.7 billion in 2001 to 4 billion in 2009, according to the National Household Travel Survey.Sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists
, Bike to Work Day will be celebrated in hundreds of communities nationwide on Friday, May 17, highlighting the health, economic and community benefits of bicycling with local commuter convoys, energizer stations, breakfast rallies and more.
Where has bike commuting grown the most?
In Bicycle Friendly Communities
(BFC) that have made smart, strategic investments to make biking better.From 2000 to 2011, the bicycle commuting rate has risen 80%
in the largest Bicycle Friendly Communities — far above the average growth of 47%
nationwide and more than double the rate of 32%
in the cities not designated as bicycle-friendly.
In fact, in many Bicycle Friendly Communities, including Washington, DC, Philadelphia, Denver and Lexington, Ky., the rate of bike commuting has more than doubled since 2000.
Click here to see the full infographics.
“I see the dramatic increase in ridership on my own daily bike commute,” said League President Andy Clarke. “And it’s definitely more pronounced in those communities — like Arlington County and the District of Columbia — that are proactively improving conditions for bicycling and following the Bicycle Friendly Community blueprint.”
Looking for bike commute data for your area?
- Click here to download 2010 bicycle commuting data for all 375 cities included in the American Community Survey
- Click here to download bicycle commute data from 1990 to 2011 for the 70 largest U.S. cities, including percentage of bicycle commuters and percent change
- Click here for 2011 state commute rates, including bicycle commuting by gender
As the move to Denver, CO gets closer, Emily and I are researching more and more about biking and outdoor activities. Becoming familiar with bike routes, day trips and places to explore will allow us to feel quickly at home and adding various levels of excitement for our next chapter.
Everyone knows how Colorado is an outdoorsman dream, especially a cyclist. The latest rankings of bike friendly states from the Bike League only shows this more!
Landing in 2nd place only behind Washington state. My current home of North Carolina is down in 28th place! I’m excited to see what it will be like to be in a little more “forward thinking” bike state.
Some killer information from the Bike League’s program Women Bike
May is National Bike Month, and we want to make sure you have all the tools and inspiration you need to get women riding in your community! In this special edition of the Women Bike E-news, we’re keeping it short — so you can get out and ride, of course!
To help showcase the power of women on bikes this May, we invite you to take three steps to make this the best Bike Month ever:
- Ride with CycloFemme
- Register for the National Bike Challenge
- Download Bike Month resources to get more women rolling in your community
Learn more about Women Bike