Women Lead the Way For Future Growth of Cycling in North America http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ For the first time in US history, 60 percent of bicycle owners between the ages of 18-27 are women. en-us <function copyright at 0x6043f50> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:26:41 GMT Owners vs. Riders http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ c0b6db58-f557-11e2-b421-1231394043be Thu, 25 Jul 2013 11:26:41 GMT Not divide, but persuade more on their terms Marilyn: What is wrong if there is a black women’s cycling group? She is encouraging positively cycling and herself is a role model. No, the intention is not to divide women by colour, race and dilute cycling passion.
The total opposite: sometimes it requires a role model cyclist to speak directly to those who look like themselves. If race was not a problem, then there would be already a ton of Afro-American (or Afro-Canadian) women cycling regularily by now. I think we are forgetting that bicycling….is both a solitary and social activity. For some people, the sense of belonging to a broader community, ie. Others who bike with him they feel intuitively comfortable.
Since North America still tends to create different cycling cultures to reach out to participant streams: mountain bikers, chic /hipster, commuters (how ordinary ),competitive racers, etc….there is sometimes the cliquishness that happens. So it does require a newbie to be slightly on the margins, unless they just jump in. Or just continue to ride their bike as part of their daily lifestyle. Ultimately the latter is what we want to achieve.
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Ironic http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ 326546c0-cf94-11e2-aa4a-1231394043be Fri, 07 Jun 2013 10:03:38 GMT Race vs Gender As a woman having been told I must purchase a mans cycling specific shoes, or purchase road bikes designed for a man and after going into countless cycling shops where women's cycling shorts and jerseys were either non existent unless you wanted to order sight unseen or were only available in very limited quantities and/or sizes I obviously have grown a bit frustrated with the process. Do we have to wonder how men would react if they were told they would have to purchase women's cycling shoes, women's bikes or women specific jersey's to properly enjoy the sport? No.
Finally I am saddened every time people talk about change and a world of inclusion and find instead those same people working to divide sometimes unintentionally due to their lack of inquisitiveness. No really, they don't ask themselves why if I love this or that would I only want to encourage this group or that group? When you love something you want to share it with the world, not hide it for a few. There are dividers among us and some who happily believe they are doing good yet they continually divide us by race, religion, socioeconomics, skin color, and a host of other criteria. I am very happy to see more women cycling no matter who they are, what they believe, what color they are, how much they earn, etc. In short I love cycling and want everyone everywhere to enjoy the sport. ]]>
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The introduction of race into this equation http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ b35f16f2-c599-11e2-9432-1231394043be Sat, 25 May 2013 17:17:50 GMT Response to comments The race aspect was mentioned not to be special invite to one group but to illustrate the pent-up demand and potential for more women riders. If another race was mentioned I suspect there be a similar story.
In the last ten years I've been riding more and more women are racing and participated in group rides, tours, and wearing Lycra as loudly as men. But more people, women and men, would be welcome to ride bikes as "tools" or machines of conveyance for the routine errands of daily life, in regular civilian clothes, and on city streets and bike ways.
My humble 2¢

http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ 5e27aa26-c307-11e2-b7b0-1231394043be Wed, 22 May 2013 10:45:18 GMT
RE: Ironic It's like rain on your wedding day! Or a free ride when you've already paid. ]]> http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ 4b89e5e4-c2f0-11e2-9656-1231394043be Wed, 22 May 2013 08:00:08 GMT target demographic The statistic that headlines this article is good news for anybody who could stand to make a profit from the most targeted demographic in society; women aged 18-27. According to this, the way that women can "lead the way" to happier cycling future is to do what they are best at, buying things. This article sees women as customers only, not true pioneers.]]> http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ 4a98fe06-c2e4-11e2-97f2-1231394043be Wed, 22 May 2013 06:34:13 GMT Ironic http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ 81aacb66-c291-11e2-a982-1231394043be Tue, 21 May 2013 20:41:37 GMT Women Lead the Way http://momentummag.com/features/women-lead-the-way-for-future-growth-of-cycling-in-north-america/ c22e8d4a-c268-11e2-988b-1231394043be Tue, 21 May 2013 15:49:56 GMT