more on women and bikenomics
More fuel to the fiery discussion about women, bikes and economics! The debate keeps getting juicier and I love it. The more we talk about the issue, the greater the chances that the story will make it to the pages of the New York Times!
Oh wait - it has! Twice in the past week for example.
It's safety, stupid!
Women, Uneasy, Still Lag as Cyclists in New York City
And what would make women feel safer? One word - INFRASTRUCTURE!
The Bicycle Dividend
Look - I can write about bikes and fashion 'til I'm blue in the face, but until our state and city governments - FEDERAL, even - drop some serious spending on building a safe, convenient and friendly bicycle infrastructure, I don't believe North America will ever see the levels of women (and men) cycling for transportation as you do in Europe and Asia - to go to work and play, dressed in normal clothing, as if cycling is a normal way to go. Yes, there are pockets on this continent like in Portland, but I believe we need to keep our representatives accountable for keeping the dream alive all over this country.
Thank you, and please let me know what YOU think!