Women, Bike Shares, and Weekends

In the United States, women tend to ride bicycles less than men. Fact.

Over and over the research shows that women ride less often than men. Many studies cite safety and comfort riding with traffic as two large contributors to this trend and so infrastructure and policy are implicated as solutions. A recent article on BuzzFeed examines  data from bikeshares in New York, Chicago, and Boston. It finds that the number of trips women take hike on Saturdays and Sunday. While causation is out of the question, there is a theory: women link together destinations during their trips. On a workday this might mean work, groceries, picking up children, gym, etc. Are women choosing not to use bike shares during the week because time limits and cargo issues limit convenience?

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