This article originally appeared at the ReporterHerald.com
Several studies indicate differences between the sexes when it comes to bicycling in general and bicycle commuting specifically. But since women are the barometer to determine if a city has a bike-friendly infrastructure, it is important to pay attention to why women ride or not.
Research shows that typically, women prefer to ride on trails or quiet residential streets because they feel safer there. Women want to look professional in clothing, makeup and hairstyles, and not be sweaty when they arrive at work. Women have very busy schedules between family, work and household responsibilities, and do not feel they have time to use a bike for transportation. All of these are valid concerns, but can be overcome so women can enjoy bicycle commuting.
Bicycle commuting takes some preparation and Continue reading
I know I am not the only woman in the world who does not understand many things about bike mechanics.
I consider myself lucky that I own a bike pump and can fill up my tires unassisted. But that is the extent of my knowledge. And there’s a good chance there are other bike riders out there, male and female, who are in the same boat.
When I walk into a repair shop to get my bike fixed, there is one thing I can count on: The staff and mechanics will be male, perhaps with the exception of a female cashier. The arena of mechanics has typically been male-dominated.
The Fort Collins Bike Co-op is looking to turn this stereotypical reality on its head. Continue reading
What do towns in Northern Colorado have in common with those in Fiji, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Malta? International Walk to School Day!
As families prepare to head back to school, University of Colorado Health and Safe Kids Larimer County offer important safety tips parents should remember and review with their child. Let’s all be sure children get to the classroom safely, whether walking or biking!
Before sending them on their way, determine with your child which route to school is safe to walk, scooter or bike. Parents with children enrolled in Poudre School District can visit the local city of Fort Collins Safe Routes to School website atwww.fcgov.com/saferoutes/ and check out several resources, including a map of their neighborhood school. Continue reading
On Aug. 24, the biggest sporting event in local history will whoosh through Northern Colorado — and you won’t want to miss it.
The USA Pro Challenge will feature 128 of the world’s top cyclists from 25 countries and 16 teams. The seven-day stage race covers 500 miles Aug. 19-25. Racers will start in Aspen and blaze through Breckenridge, Steamboat Springs, Beaver Creek and Vail on their way to the Aug. 24 stage featuring Windsor, Loveland, Estes Park and Fort Collins. The race wraps up the next day in Denver.
Professional cycling is unique in that it takes place on open roadways, where spectating is free. That’s right, you don’t have to pay a penny to watch the world’s greatest cyclists: national champions, world champions, Olympic medalists and “grand tour” winners. Simply show up on race day and soak up the excitement.