pjclinch wrote:orangebiker wrote:The only logical answer to the original question is safety (or perceived safety).
Seems a bit sweeping. I'd say the thing that stops anyone taking up cycling as an everyday transport option is it's not "normal", where "normal" is the cultural norm of what "everybody does". In the UK, to get from A to B, that's mainly driving, and if you don't drive then probably the bus on a local trip. People will hang out all sorts of reasons not to change habits.The utility cyclist wrote:The stats also show us that there is a huge disparity in terms of everyday cycling in favour of men
The point here being that a typical man using cycling as an everyday transport option is a Cycling Enthusiast who is quite likely to be a leisure /sporting cyclist in their free time. If cycling were normal to the point it is in NL the disparity between men and women would be submerged in the general use of bikes by "normal people", because for everyone worried about e.g. talking about cycling on interweb forums and reading cycling magazines and drooling at velo-confectionary there'd be scores of people who just get their bike out, go where they're going and not really think any more about it.
It strikes me that women are less likely to be Cycling Enthusiasts in the same way they are less likely to be Fly Fishing Enthusiasts, Golfing Enthusiasts, Model Railway Enthusiasts etc. etc. That's not safety. The main difference is those things don't have much of general life function counterpoint like everyday transport.
My point was with regards to fear factor which was why I replied to the previous poster who seemed to make out that women ride on the road just as readily as men do, which isn't the case which is shown not just in the statistics but also eyeball MK.1
I also saw quite a few times, so called enthusiasts of the male variety in all the gear, hi vis, noddy hat etc but riding on the footway
Also seen many a carbon dripped male rider and clearly knew how to ride cowering away in the gutter, enthusiast or not fear factor plays a massive part in ALL people who ride bikes, it just happens to effect women more than men.