The amount of women on bikes is a key indicator of how bike-friendly a city is (there have been studies on it). The City of Portland Office of Transportation Options is well aware of this fact. They’ve got a Women on Bikes program solely devoted to getting more women to ride by helping them gain confidence out on the roads.
In fact, the City has partnered with Bridge Pedal to offer the first ever women-only start at this year’s event.
That all sounds great. But two things I’ve seen and read lately have got me wondering about what’s really going on out there.