It's always a pleasure to speak bikes with Sarah Goodyear, a publisher during Atlantic Cities, though her review of a "Women on a Roll" news zeroed in on a quite vicious trend: "Bike-share is pivotal to shutting a gender gap."

As Goodyear gleaned from a first Women Bike report, there's a lot of restrained enterprise among American women who wish to ride. But, when we demeanour during sovereign data, there's still a outrageous discrepency between a sexes, because, for one, women are reduction expected to feel gentle roving on dual wheels on streets designed for speeding cars. (Check out a post on comfort final week.)

But, as Goodyear writes, "there’s one place where a gender inconsistency between group and women in cycling is leveling off, and that, tellingly, is bike share."

One of a reasons? Systems like Capital Bikeshare in D.C. and Citi Bike in NYC make cycling a quick, stretchable means of mobility that fits some-more simply into a day-to-day activities. That preference (one of a 5 Cs we brand in "Women on a Roll") is vicious for women because, anecdotally and statistically we have some-more final on a time and travel.

As we prominence in a report:

  • In two-worker households, women make twice as many trips to dump off and collect adult children than group (66% vs 34%).
  • More than 40% of women in two-adult households with tiny children sequence non-work trips into their commutes.
  • Women are some-more expected than group to news as a separator to bicycling: Lack of time (29% vs 21%); inability to lift children or other passengars (19% vs 7%); and inability to lift some-more things (32% vs 20%)
  • While selling accounts for 25% of bike trips in a Netherlands and Denmark (which have achieved gender relation in bicycling), usually 5% of such trips are finished by bike in a United States

As Elly Blue, a author of Everyday Bicycling, notes, there's zero fundamental about being a lady that creates a travel needs different. "But, unfortunately, we have an imbalanced multiplication of labor and income in U.S. that means that many women radically work a second shift. When we work for money, we make extremely reduction than men—and a opening is generally conspicuous for women of color," she says. "Then there's delinquent domicile labor, like errands, carting kids around, and caring for ill or aged adults, that is statistically is some-more expected to tumble to women. This all adds adult to a vast travel headache, generally if we live in a place where your home, your work, your kids' school, grocery stores, doctors' offices, and other destinations are widespread distant and wide."

On a webinar final week, Jennifer Dill, a researcher during Portland State University, common that women are half as expected as group to contend that bicycling is infrequently easier than driving, and distant some-more expected to news a increasing time joining reduces their ability to bike.

And it's not only moms and operative women who feel a concentration army of reduction time and some-more to carry. As Susan Handy, a researcher during UC-Davis, explained during a webinar, even high propagandize girls are some-more expected than their masculine counterparts to bring time, load and wardrobe constraints when it comes to bicycling.


So, as Handy noted, a contention about preference fast turns into a review about equiptment, as well. The form of bikes and rigging accessible play a vast purpose in creation it probable and available to use a bicycle when you're doing some-more than pedaling directly to a bureau and afterwards home again. In Women on a Roll, we form Emily Finch, a carfree mom of 6 who gave adult her GMC Suburban for a bakfiets bicycle that now shuttles her kids and hauls daily family necessities. (Finch told her extraordinary story during a 2012 National Women's Bicycling Summit.

However, as Blue points out, bikes like Finch's bakfiets can be both costly and mostly taken outward of a best American cycling cities. In Minneapolis, Cycles for Change is operative to tighten that income and consumer opening by loaning out, not only bikes, though trailers, too — so women can float with their kids and cargo. But we still have a prolonged approach to go, not only in creation a streets as gentle as a Dutch and Danish, though creation unsentimental bikes and family-friendly equiptment commonplace, as well.

Which brings us behind to bike share. In a flourishing series of cities, like Minneapolis, bike share is a ultimate apparatus of cycling convenience: hundreds of low-cost, easy-to-adjust, at-your-fingertips bikes that can be ridden in bland garments to innumerable destinations… and afterwards left behind if another form of travel is needed. Easy to see because women are embracing these systems — and because bike share is trending some-more fast toward gender equity in bicycling, than their communities during large.

For instance…

  • According to a 2012 investigate of North American bicycle pity systems, 43% of all bike share members were female.
  • In 2011, 44% of Nice Ride bike share members in Minneapolis were women.
  • In 2012, some-more than half of new members (54%) of Capital Bikeshare in D.C. were women.

And, propitious for us, these systems are on a rise. "More and some-more cities in a U.S. are removing bike-share," Goodyear writes. "Chicago rolled out a 4,000-bike complement this summer and a San Francisco Bay Area will be a subsequent to launch, during a finish of Aug (albeit with a small 700 bikes). As bike share becomes an integrated mode of travel around a nation –- and as bike retailers comprehend that women paint a outrageous and underserved marketplace — a gender change only competence start to change here in a genuine and durability way."

Click here to review a full Women on a Roll report.