gnvqsos wrote:I have been abused while cycling and have cycled alone in many parts of the USA,Portugal,France,India where a lone cyclist could be attacked.Some people are riskaverse and this would deter them from such ventures.In have also been spat at,squirted with liquids,stoned and various unpleasant experiences when cycling through rougher areas of British cities but I resist the temptation to stop and take the safer option of staying indoors sipping hot cups of tea.I think you may find men also have a rough passage.I note that you heard other womenn being insulted but you do not mention what steps you took to help them in their plight.And what steps did you take to report the offenders who threatened you?If you ignore these peopel they will select another target.People now wear body cameras which would supply the evidence that would help you incriminate these offending persons-have you considered this option?
I have reported verbal abuse and sexual harrassment to the police, and been told that there was nothing they could do (didn't have the registration number). When I have observed others being verbally abused, or assualted, I have offered them help. In each case, that there was a witness there was enough to get the abusers to leave their victims alone. I don't think what I have done has any relevance to the argument, however.
Verbal abuse hasn't been enough to put me off, but I'm pretty thick skinned and feel reasonably capable of defending myself in many situations. Not every one does, and it shouldn't have to be necessary. I know women who cycle in somewhat limited circumstances because they fear for their safety.
If I were subjected to frequent abuse, I certainly would do something differently than I currently do. I certainly wouldn't (for example) cycle in places where there was a significant risk of having stones and things thrown at me.
Yes, everyone has a different tolerance for risk, and I was not suggesting that men don't experience these things, but I am confident that men do not experience them to the same extent, and furthermore are much less likely to fear for their personal safety as a result.
I now live in Norway, where the few negative encounters I have had with motorists have been of a more mundane sort.