What’s stopping women cycling?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by Cycleops, 21 Jan 2018.

  1. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
  2. Dave 123

    Dave 123 Guru

    I see a few lone women cycling round here on a weekend, not as many as blokes though.

    Mrs Dave commutes alone from time to time but doesn't like the idea of a leisure ride alone for fear of mechanicals. Not sure why as I'm no bloody help!
  3. LeetleGreyCells

    LeetleGreyCells Reinvented for 2019 - Formerly RealLeeHimself

    Everyone who wants to cycle should be able to do so without prejudice, abuse or patronising morons bothering them.

    A cyclist is a person. It doesn’t matter if they are male or female, large or small.
  4. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    Quite a decent amount around here but still much less than men. Most women that I have discussed cycling with say they would be too nervous on the roads as their reason.
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  5. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    I read that story. Not sure I am totally buying it.

    Especially the comments suggesting that aggressive behaviour by motorists is directed at them simply because they are women - or at least not the behaviour as described in the story (honking, shouts to get off the road etc). I'm a guy and I have certainly experienced that same sort of aggressive treatment from motorists and I think we have all, male or female, encountered fellow cyclists who are right prats, patronising and snobbish. Not everything needs to be viewed through the prism of victimhood, sexism and misogyny.

    I did like the tips and advice for women cyclists from 1895 at the bottom of the story - especially the one suggesting that it was not ladylike to strike a match off the seat of your bloomers. The mind's eye boggles
    Last edited: 21 Jan 2018
  6. AndyRM

    AndyRM XOXO

    Whitley Bay
    There are two male cyclists on the street where we live, myself and John. There are at least 6 females.

    The issue here is the way women are treated by men.
  7. Dayvo

    Dayvo Just passin' through

    As mentioned above: patronising comments and attitudes from (some) men, and aggressive (mostly) male drivers.
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  8. hoopdriver

    hoopdriver Veteran

    East Sussex
    Tell that to Jeremy Vine
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  9. Heltor Chasca

    Heltor Chasca Out-Riding the Black Dog

    The Audax club I belong to has about a 20% female membership. That’s pretty good in my eyes. In general I find people who like this sport (Audax) very tolerant, open, life experienced and intelligent.

    None of this testosterone rich, chest puffing, men-squawking stuff goes on. That kind of behaviour just honks the klaxons with the message, ‘I’M INSECURE WITH MY OWN MASCULINITY!’
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  10. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    My anecdotal experience is that women cyclists often can't get out to join a ride due to not being able to get childcare or being required to drop everything to look after grandchildren. I have never once known this to happen to a man.
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  11. I think what would encourage more women is some advice from the men here who have a better understanding of the issues.

    For example it’s probably to do with periods or something.
  12. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    It's also true that cycling isn't all that welcoming to women in many ways, as any woman without much knowledge who has gone into a bike shop wanting advice about what bike she needs will tell you. You do tend to get patronised, if you can get anyone to speak to you at all that is.
  13. Drago

    Drago Soiler of Y fronts

    To answer the question, I don't know. Mrs D loves cycling and has a Giant WTB mountain bike and a tidy little Pendleton road bike. Alas, her health is such that she can't always ride, and her eyesight is such that she lacks confidence and will only ride if I accompany her. With my own health issues keeping me out the saddle for 8 months that means she hasn't ridden either, but now I'm easing back into it Mrs D will probably do the same.
  14. TinyMyNewt

    TinyMyNewt An execrable pun

    South coast, UK
    Cycling when you've got your period can be problematic, yes. What solutions did you have in mind?
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  15. CrinklyLion

    CrinklyLion Guest

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