Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Women are a part of the bike community and there's no doubt about it! This month is dedicated to all the wonderful women who have and continue to make history that has created the society we live in today.
Women occupy the majority within the population. Sadly, in 2013 in the biking community women are the minority. Although 70% of women have positive attitudes toward biking, only 25% of bikers are women. Many people believe it is because biking in a lot of different communities across the U.S is dangerous and not easy to do. But as of 2018 women have broken out of those barriers and are making huge impacts in the biking community.
Women are responsible for many webinars and webcasts that teach millions about bike safety and even the right kind of bike to get. According to the League of American Bicyclists, “Women Bike webinars will share stories, showcase key leaders and highlight ideas and programs that can help you empower women in your community.” They use this platform to encourage women to hop on the bike without any fears.
The webinar consists of seven women sitting at a table discussing the issues women want to see fixed within the biking community. The issues include discrimination when purchasing a “manly” bike, or being harassed when going on late night bike rides. These are just a few things some women are worried about but many don't take into account.
Women are constantly changing the status quo in all communities. Progress first starts with you, so if you want to learn more about women in biking do a quick online search. You may be surprised by the type of work women have done and are doing in this field.
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