Calling All Female Cyclists!

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Even though women make up only about a third of all bicyclists in this country, they’re considered an “indicator species” for urban bikeability, according to a recent report in Scientific American.  The article says that women prefer bike routes that aren’t shared with cars, and they are more likely to go out of their way to use safer bike infrastructure.  As cities learn how to design places that accommodate women’s biking preferences, researchers think more people in general will start biking.  So female cyclists, what do you want to see in DC?

This event sounds like a good start: this Saturday, Sports and Spinal Physical Therapy is sponsoring a Women, Wheels, and Wellness Day in Glover Park.  The free program includes yoga for cyclists, an urban cycling skills session, as well as door prizes and giveaways.  So women bikers, head over to Blue Ridge on Saturday afternoon for all sorts of good stuff– and realize that you’re the wave of the future!

Shannon grew up in the greater DC area/Maryland suburbs, went to Virginia for college and grad school (go Hoos!), and settled in DC in 2006. She’s an urban planner who loves transit (why yes, that is her dressed as a Metro pylon for Halloween), cities, and all things DC. Email her at Shannon (at)!

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