Helen Pidd wrote:The main reason most women don’t cycle in the UK is because they think it is dangerous. You can tell them until the cows come home that the roads are statistically safe, and that you are more likely to be killed walking than on a bicycle. But when they sit on the top deck of a bus and look down to see a cyclist squashed up against the kerb they feel no compulsion whatsoever to join them.
Probably the best line in the article.
Unfortunately, it's the sort of article that makes the Guardian easy to knock: lots of statements like "yet most of our cities are failing to design roads and streets for women to cycle" (made by a man) without a shred of supporting argument for this gendered viewpoint. E.g. how is it that the road designs are OK for men but not women ?
And the few arguments are based on individual anecdotes rather than a line of reasoning. (One run-in with a near-dooring and that route is abandoned. And all roads declared unsafe).
A missed opportunity, in my view