Bicycles, Gender, and Risk: Driver Behaviors When Passing Cyclists

Bicycles, Gender, and Risk: Driver Behaviors When Passing Cyclists

Cyclists, particularly women, face risks. Separation of cyclists from vehicular traffic reduces encroachments and can address the well-founded concerns women have about safety. Other counties and municipalities can learn from the plans being implemented in Hennepin County and Minneapolis and do more to encourage and protect cyclists—especially women and girls.

Key findings

Biking is a gendered activity - it is proven that men or more likely to cycle for transportation than women.

Three students were recruited to perform a study and marked 1/2 mile routes where they measured the distance that cars passed by bikes.

The gender gap in cycling is likely to persist until disparities such as those revealed in this study are addressed.

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