Just had a great talk with Jesse Cohn over at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. She's working on a project to examine what's keeping women from hopping on bikes and using them as transportation/recreation. Interesting stuff.
My colleague at @WTOP, Neal Augenstein joked it might be that 'horizontal bar'..but I've spotted plenty of stylish young women managing that just fine. On a serious note, there are things that keep women from biking. In my own discussions, it's everything from safety, convenience, distance, time-management, weather, gear, but safety seems to be the deal-breaker.
Look for Jesse to come up with a comprehensive look at this over at WABA and in the meantime, let me know what you think.