FWIW, just posed the following comment. I wonder if it will be moderated:
Your point seems to be that women should not ride until there is suitable infrastructure, or move somewhere where there is. The article you question reads to me like advice for the current infrastructure, or lack there of. IOW, you seem to have missed the entire point of the article.
1. Take a course in vehicular cycling and start riding above-average distances to work every day,
Learning how to ride in traffic, or vehicular cycling if you prefer, is a good idea when you live in a country with limited cycle specific infrastructure. 10km would be an average-ish (even short) commute in Sydney.
2. join a BUG,
Yeah, ok. Not necessary, but is potentially helpful for tips 1, 3, 4, even 5 to a degree and to avoid 6, especially for new cyclists.
3. join bunch rides for ladies,
A bit of a misinterpretation. My wife, when she commuted by bicycle, met several women who would commute the bulk of the way together at various times. She has never done a bunch ride in her life.
4. learn to be your own pit crew,
No such thing as a puncture proof tyre and there is no NRMA for cyclists. I've fixed flats for a few random lady cyclists, but I certainly do not like the idea of my wife relying on the charity of strangers.
5. swap your cute step-through for something expensive enough that your bike shop will fit you for comfort for crossing the Nullarbor Plain,
Not a bad idea in Sydney as we have hills, and potentially distance. My wife loves her roadie, which she paid to get fitted properly - without any input from me in fact, because it is light which makes hills easier (it has touring bike gearing though), particularly when her prime concern was getting to work, not becoming a better/fitter cyclist.
Having investigated ladies bikes for child seats ( http://www.sydneycyclist.com/profiles/b ... persuasion
) the gearing generally sucks for hills.
6. join online forums populated by tedious trolls.
Statements like the below make me imagine that you write a blog rather than take part in online discussion perhaps because you were hounded off them by anti-trolls? You'd definitely be able to hold your trollish own in any case. (Alas, I bit).
"Ladies—who are biologically geared to stay safe because they have to carry babies and feed them"
"a lovely lady who I’m guessing has some unusual thing going on with her hormones"