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Old 12-07-12, 01:11 PM
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How many women here are car free?

I see all guys, not women posting.

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Old 12-07-12, 02:15 PM
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That's because not as many woman are as care free as us guys...
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Old 12-07-12, 02:50 PM
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My girlfriend is car free, 90% bicycle commuter, 10% public transit.
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We are here; you just don't notice us! Unless they have a pic of themselves for an avatar, or specifically mention it, you can't really tell a poster's gender.

I have been car-free for several years now, well over a decade if you count the years when my only transportation was motorcycles. I still have two motos in the carport, but neither is roadworthy and I don't have the money to fix them. I keep thinking I really should sell them, but can't quite bring myself to do it.

As for being carefree, I suppose I was born that way and never grew out of it.
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Old 12-07-12, 06:44 PM
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Yup, we're here. Car-free 4+ years. I was the one who talked my husband into it. He's the Nervous Nelly of the family, I'm the more pragmatic one.
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Old 12-07-12, 07:14 PM
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Car free women rule!
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Old 12-07-12, 07:45 PM
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Car free women rule!
One good thing about women on most BF forums is that it tends to discourage the "alpha male" phenomenon.
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One good thing about women on most BF forums is that it tends to discourage the "alpha male" phenomenon.
Bwaa, Sure it does... Maybe it does... Sometimes it might... I doubt it...
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Old 12-07-12, 09:03 PM
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My wife was been car free for a decade although now that I / we have a car I guess we would be considered car light.
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Originally Posted by SPECELIZEDRIDER View Post
I see all guys, not women posting.

Originally Posted by ro-monster View Post
We are here; you just don't notice us! Unless they have a pic of themselves for an avatar, or specifically mention it, you can't really tell a poster's gender.

I have been car-free for several years now, well over a decade if you count the years when my only transportation was motorcycles. I still have two motos in the carport, but neither is roadworthy and I don't have the money to fix them. I keep thinking I really should sell them, but can't quite bring myself to do it.

As for being carefree, I suppose I was born that way and never grew out of it.
I assure you I am very much car free and female. "Folder Fanatic" & the avatars was chosen for being a gender neutral (and more friendly in the process for both genders). I just don't dwell on being female in the sense that it makes me very different from men in choosing to be car free. I am just being me! I do like the way bicycles allow me to venture outside without the need to drag along a male escort at night.
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Old 12-07-12, 10:53 PM
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I am.
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Old 12-07-12, 11:21 PM
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My fiancee has been car free (and drivers license free) all her life. As for me, I've never owned a car but I've driven quite a bit in my life.
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My username clearly indicates my gender. I haven't been biking as much because it aggravates my sciatica so I haven't been around as much. I am still car free, just using the bus and walking more than biking.
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I'm a car-free woman, soon to be a car-light woman ;-). We're here, just some of us are not posting as often as you guys.
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Old 12-08-12, 06:47 PM
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I am car free tho probably more for economic reasons than anything else and also the fact that my partner couldnt drive anymore and I havent driven for many years now.

Mind you I would only really want a car for getting to places I cant get to by public transport or cycling or to give my fella a lift to work.

But with all the sky high fuel prices, worrying about parking and fines etc I think being car free saves lots of hassle and keeps me fit.
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Old 12-09-12, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
I do like the way bicycles allow me to venture outside without the need to drag along a male escort at night.
Interesting you should say that. Susan B. Anthony said something similar back in 1896:

Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel... the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.
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Old 12-09-12, 11:55 AM
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I'm a female and I post from time to time.

I think this site is dominated by males for a variety of reasons. Here are some reasons that I think this is so, others may disagree.

1) On average, more car free cyclists are male. (Not all, of course, but most.)

2) This forum often has posts from people who are very fit cyclists...(ie they cycle long distances each day, they cycle throughout the year.) I think that these types of posts describe activities that appeal more to men than to women. Women might find it more of a challenge to cycle long distances on a daily basis, for example.

3) A lot of the back and forth bantering between posts is adversarial. I'm not saying this is right or wrong, I'm saying that men take more of a liking to this type of banter than women.

Having said all that, I have come to enjoy reading and posting on this forum. I hope more and more women become interested in posting from time to time.
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Old 12-09-12, 03:47 PM
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I'm female and have never had a drivers' license because I grew up cycling for transportation and kept doing it. My (male) partner of nine years has a license, but also no car. When we want to go to a ride or event that's far away, we rent one.

I know of a number of other female cyclists who are car-free, although I don't know very many people my age of either gender who have never had a license.
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My wife JoLynn is "car free", a bike commuter, (weather above 30F), (walks or takes the city bus if -30F), it's been 5 years since we've owned a car, the problem is she works with a computer all day, she won't bother getting on one in her free time!!
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Originally Posted by cycleobsidian View Post
1) On average, more car free cyclists are male. (Not all, of course, but most.)
According to the "American Community Survey", 75% of bike commuters are male. I suspect the opposite is true for the bus since most of the passengers tend to be female.


>>>>>The information also shows how bike commuting rates vary by gender. Nationwide, the data shows that 74 percent of bike commuters are males, compared to just 26 percent who are female>>>>>>

https://www.mnn.com/green-tech/transp...gender-compare
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Originally Posted by folder fanatic View Post
I do like the way bicycles allow me to venture outside without the need to drag along a male escort at night.
In a bad neighborhood, you're actually safer on a bicycle since you don't have to stop at red lights. I can ride though pretty rought neighbbhoods at night but I'd never walk on those sidewalks.
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I've definitely ridden through neighborhoods at night that I really wouldn't have wanted to be in on foot.
Also, if a woman is concerned about looking like a target, I think it is maybe easier to look generically gender-ambiguous on a bike than on foot, too. It's not something I particularly worry about since I tend to wear mostly men's clothes anyway (they fit me better and are MUCH easier to shop for). But recently my stepmother was saying how she worried more about my sister walking around by herself at night than me, because aside from the fact that I'm always on a bike, my sister is short, curvy, and has long blonde hair. I hadn't thought about it like that, but as much as the feminist in me wants to scream that it shouldn't matter, in the real world it probably does.
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In a bad neighborhood, you're actually safer on a bicycle since you don't have to stop at red lights.
Uh oh, don't let any of the Dudley Do Rights on the A&S list read that!

'Tis better to be hassled (or worse) by low life than to be considered a "scofflaw" IAW Übercyclist doctrine.
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
In a bad neighborhood, you're actually safer on a bicycle since you don't have to stop at red lights. I can ride though pretty rought neighbbhoods at night but I'd never walk on those sidewalks.
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'Tis better to be hassled (or worse) by low life than to be considered a "scofflaw" IAW Übercyclist doctrine.
'Tis better to be hassled by a low life than to be pulverized by a Ford 250 that didn't see you crossing on a red light.
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Old 12-10-12, 07:51 PM
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Though there is a difference between blazing non-chalantly through vs stop-signing at said dark and questionable quiet intersection...
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