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Old 11-19-10, 05:48 PM   #1
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Women donít bike in New York City because of their hair

http://www.transalt.org/newsroom/magazine/2010/Fall/1

The Future of Cycling
Depending on whom you ask, women don’t bike in New York City because of their hair, or their heels, or their kids, or their work; or because it’s dangerous, or men in cars or men on bikes or men behind repair stands are condescending or close-minded or cloddish.

Sigh.

Whether or not any of those stereotypes is even remotely right, that premise is totally wrong. Women do bike in New York. More and more take to the streets each day. In fact, from daily commuters to spandex-clad racers to unrelenting advocates, the cyclists who are shaping tomorrow are more likely women than men.

But even that heartening fact misses the point: gender parity has never been a goal. It’s merely an indicator that lets us know we’ve won. When New York City’s cycling population matches its general population, we’ll have a city where biking has assumed its spot next to walking and transit in the pantheon of totally predictable ways to get around.
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Old 11-19-10, 05:50 PM   #2
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I wouldn't cycle to work without showers so I can get clean and have fresh hair.
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Old 11-19-10, 05:58 PM   #3
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I'd bet there are also lots of fashionisto men in NYC who wouldn't bike to work for the same reason....
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If there's one thing I can't stand it's the stereotypes when it comes to gender and any form of physical activity. It's ridiculous! I cycle to work everyday in subzero temperatures...whatever state my hair is in when I get there, it's nothing a trip to the bathroom can't sort out, and I simply leave early enough so as to be able to ride at a leisurly place and not break a sweat. I'm sure there are many more women who do the same. And the section in the article about differences in prize money for men and women truly shocked me... How, in the 21st Century, is it ok to award women a fifth of what men get?
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In my hometown in southern CA during the late 1980s and early 1990s, bike use gradually dropped from a majority of high school students getting to school by bike to 10% or so. My younger brother was part of this generation who eschewed the bike. I believed then as I do now that hairstyles - with gel and hairspray - had a lot to do with it.

Good/reliable used cars, gasoline, and insurance got cheaper too.
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