Inspired by the recent New York project #ibikebecause showcasing self-portraits of amazing biking women stating the reason they ride, we thought we’d bring the concept over to Greater Manchester.
One of the splendid NYC entries below:
“What does a real biker look like? What does a real female biker look like? The gender gap exists not only in the workplace, but also on our bikes. Part of the mission of Bike Stylish is to remove the barriers that everyday people face, especially women, in choosing to incorporate biking into their daily lives. Around the world men still bike three times as much as women. Recently Elizabeth Plank a Senior Editor at Mic launched a piece showcasing real women cyclists and encouraging others to share their story using the #IBikeBecause hashtag.”
Lifted from the article Identities.Mic [mic.com] :
http://mic.com/articles/98972/21-photos-of-women-who-shatter-the-stereotype-of-what-a-real-biker-looks-like “The bike gap is a huge and under-reported trend in cities around the world. In the U.S., 1 women for every 3 men gets around on a bicycle. In London, 77% of bike trips are taken by men and only 5% of women identify as frequent cyclists.”
“There’s more. As Elly Blue, the author of Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy explains in a piece for Grist, the bike gap doesn’t simply boil down to “fear and fashion.” There are structural reasons that justify it, too. Women are more likely to live in poverty than men at every age, and also more likely to use inferior transport and travel patterns. Women are more likely to perform the lion’s share of housework and take on more child care responsibilities, all of which “add up to more complicated transportation needs.” So women don’t only lack the money, they lack the time too.”