Women Bikers Ride to 'Take Back the Streets'

Even Andrews reports on the unsafe environment that women encounter while on their bikes—and the organizations and people who are working to make the roads safer from harassment.

Andrews begins by sampling anecdotal evidence from women in four of the largest cities on the East Coast about their experiences with harassment while riding their bikes.

But the focus of the article quickly shifts to the many efforts around the country to change the culture of harassment in the public realm.

Bike in fact, are a popular medium for female empowerment, "almost every woman who wrote in to share an anecdote of sexual harassment also said that her bike helped her build a sense of empowerment and autonomy," writes Andrews.

Moreover, "listen closely, and you’ll hear the swelling chorus of biking women around the world saying, 'Enough of this bullshit.' It’s the sound of women in many different cities banding together and insisting on better treatment at the hands of strange men. And they’re finding that there’s more strength in numbers than in the most muscled paragon of Hummer-driving machismo you’ve ever had the displeasure of meeting."

Full Story: Take back the streets, ladies — two wheels at a time

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