more about women and cyclingPosted: August 25, 2013
Within its ground-breaking report about women and cycling, the League of American Bicyclists presented:
Wow: 60% of 17-28 year old bicycle owners are women! I surely didn’t expect that statistic. The growth in bike commuting is also pretty impressive: 56% growth in just four years. And check out Myth #9: men are not necessarily the face of cycling advocacy; 45% of paid staff at advocacy organizations are women. Also? There are 630 active women’s cycling blogs. We really are on a roll and the momentum is building.
The report can be downloaded in .pdf form here: Women on a Roll.
Here are some of the health statistics from the report that I find most encouraging:
- Bicycling just 20 miles per week reduces women’s risk of heart disease by 50%.
- Active commuting — biking and walking — reduces women’s risk of cardiovascular disease by 13% (compared to 9% for men).
- Women with an active commute of just 30 minutes were half as likely to suffer heart failure as women who didn’t have an active commute.
- Women who walk or bike 30 minutes per day had a lower rate of breast cancer.
I overcame serious illness through cycling and I’ve stayed incredibly healthy over the last five years of being car-free. I haven’t even had a cold in five years! I can certainly attest to the incredible health benefits I’ve seen in my own life. I feel healthier now than I was at half my age. A little creakier maybe, but definitely healthier and much more fit.
Also described in the report: the five Cs of women’s bicycling: comfort, convenience, confidence, consumer products, and community.
There is a lot of good information there. Please do yourself a favor and take a little bit of time to read it. It’s inspiring! I’m sure a lot of you already know much of what’s outlined in the report but having it laid out so clearly in one comprehensive report and with excellent references is eye-opening. And it motivates me even more! I hope you are equally as inspired as I am.
Ride to live; live to ride!