Female Cyclists the Minority in New York City

Male cyclists outnumber females cyclists in New York City three to one. New York City lags behind Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Portland, Oregon, in female ridership.

Though the city have implemented plans to be more bike friendly, the perceived threat is enough to discourage female cyclists to ride, Christine Haughney reports:

"Bicycling in New York is not more dangerous for women than men, but women may be less inclined to engage in something that is perceived to be risky, experts said; high-profile bicycle fatalities, like the death on Saturday of Marilyn Dershowitz, a retired special referee in State Supreme Court in Manhattan and the sister-in-law of the lawyer Alan M. Dershowitz, add to the perception."

"Data tracked by the city and private groups shows the gap between male and female cyclists is even wider in areas where vehicular traffic is more concentrated."

Full Story: Women, Uneasy, Still Lag as Cyclists in New York City


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