Women’s Cycling Newsletter

I am a member of the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals.  They have a working group that focuses on women’s issues and cycling.  Since I feel that Milwaukee has a disproportionately low percentage of women riding, I will forward these newsletters here as I get them.  To access them on the original site, you need to be an APBP member, so I have posted them here as I find them on the site.  The formatting got a bit messy when I copied it, but there is some good stuff here.

CNN:Women’s lib arrived on bicycle

Scientific American:How to get more women bicyclist’s on the road

PBIC:What barriers do women face in bicycling and how can they be overcome?

Guardian:What is it about a woman on a bike that attracts such unwelcome attention
Tree Hugger:5 States where women barely dare to bike commute

Tree Hugger:How Can You Tell If Your City is Bikeable?  Hint: Count the Women.

Tree Hugger:6 Reasons The World Needs More Girls on Bikes

Dave Mouton’s Bike Blog:Womankind, You can save mankind

New York Observer:The Spokes Models
Car Free Days:Are women the key to a successful bike culture?

Summer Reading #2 – Types of Women’s Cycling

Posted By Fionnuala Quinn, Friday, June 18, 2010
The women’s survey was designed to address and collect information mostly on transportation cycling. However, from some of the comments received and the commentary in the blogosphere, it is clear that many women are devoted participants of other types of cycling whose issues may be somewhat different. So this week, I am taking a little time to separate out types of cycling as this will assist us when we view the survey responses as well as the questions that may come up during the panel presentation.
Recreational riding is commonly cited as the seventh most-popular recreational activity in the U.S. The U.S. has very high rates of bicycle ownership with most bicycles sold primarily intended for recreational use with many popular local trails: http://www.bikewashington.org/ Recreational riding is particularly popular in beach resorts: http://www.amazon.com/Barbie-Beach-Party-Doll-Bicycle/dp/B001GWTJG2
In bicycle touring, riders travel long distances in anything from single day ‘supported’ rides to raise money, to cross-country trips with riders carrying all their own equipment. Adventure Cycling Association is the largest bicycle touring association in the US with over 44,000 members: http://www.adventurecycling.org/ 
For many women, signing up to ride in an organized charity ride is their reintroduction to bike riding after a long hiatus: http://www.bicycling.com/article/0,6610,s1-4-404-17750-1,00.html They may specifically purchase a bike and equipment and train for the event: http://www.bikesbelong.org/roadevents After the event, they may find themselves looking around for what to do next with their new interest and investment in bicycling.
Sports cycling includes the following disciplines: road, cyclo cross, track, mountain, and BMX plus a little triathlon thrown into the mix. Competitive cycling is governed by USA Cycling and includes national and international women’s competitions: http://www.usacycling.org/ Many teams and groups support and celebrate women in cycling sports and competition. Here’s Team Luna: http://www.womenscycling.ca/blog/get-motivated/team-luna-chix/ and the popular San Francisco Women’s Mountain Bike and Tea Society: http://www.wombats.org/ as well as a trailer for Awesomeland: Women of Dirt, a movie celebrating female mountain bikers: http://awesomeland.com/?p=10
Transportation (utility) cycling is where a bicycle is used to transport the rider in the community, whether for their commute to work or some other trip within the community. Transportation cycling is growing in communities which invest in bicycle-friendly facilities: http://www.bikeleague.org/programs/bicyclefriendlyamerica/index.php The Cycle Chic fashion movement is an outgrowth of utility cycling. Meanwhile, Bike share programs are increasingly popular in cities around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bicycle_sharing_system Lastly, here’s a great article about a small sub-group of the transportation category, female bicycle couriers: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/16/nyregion/thecity/16mess.html I am curious to see if we pick up comments from this group anywhere in our survey.

Summer reading #1 – Cycling Chic

Posted By Fionnuala Quinn, Friday, June 18, 2010
Cycling Chic: Less Lycra, More Style
Cycling Chic seems to have originated in Copenhagen (here) and is a fashion movement that has swept around the world. While not restricted to women per se, it none the less does seem heavily associated with women on bikes.The Cycle Chic retro-hip look is currently reflected in many U.S. ads and magazine covers. Tina Fey appeared on the cover of Parade sporting the aesthetic. Tree Hugger covered the phenomenon really well in this video story. Here‘s an article from The Guardian that references the impact of the phenomenon, and an article from the Washington Post. Who knew that the High Nelly that my granny brought me around on the back of (cushion tied with rope to the back carrier) would ever be so fashionable?


More Women’s Cycling Programs

Posted By Fionnuala Quinn, Tuesday, April 27, 2010

North America:


Outside of North America:



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Cyclechic advocate from Milwaukee
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