Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  

Go Back   > >

Advocacy & Safety Cyclists should expect and demand safe accommodation on every public road, just as do all other users. Discuss your bicycle advocacy and safety concerns here.

User Tag List

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-19-10, 05:48 PM   #1
Thread Starter
1nterceptor's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: NEW YORK, NY - USA
Bikes: 2014 BMC Gran Fondo, 2013 Brompton S6L-X
Posts: 4,298
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 148 Post(s)
Women donít bike in New York City because of their hair

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.


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.
You Do the Math

<edit> quote truncated to comply with fair use clause.

Last edited by Allen; 11-29-10 at 01:35 PM.
1nterceptor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-10, 05:50 PM   #2
noisebeam's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: AZ
Bikes: Cannondale SuperSix, Lemond Poprad. Retired: Jamis Sputnik, Centurion LeMans Fixed, Diamond Back ascent ex
Posts: 14,218
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1819 Post(s)
I wouldn't cycle to work without showers so I can get clean and have fresh hair.
noisebeam is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-10, 05:58 PM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Central CA
Bikes: A little of everything
Posts: 1,400
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
I'd bet there are also lots of fashionisto men in NYC who wouldn't bike to work for the same reason....
Raiden is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-10, 07:59 AM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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?
Biketothestars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-10, 12:59 PM   #5
Senior Member
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Myrtle Beach SC, USA
Bikes: Klein Quantum Pro w/ Ultegra
Posts: 287
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
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.
mattotoole is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-10, 01:15 PM   #6
Senior Member
randya's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: in bed with your mom
Bikes: who cares?
Posts: 13,696
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
randya is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:35 PM.

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites.
  • Ask a Question
    get answers from real people!
Click to start entering your question.