According to Nancy Smith Lea, director of the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and a co-author of the study, it’s difficult to say why women are less likely to cycle than men, because hard evidence is scant.
While some research suggests women are more safety-conscious and risk-averse than their male counterparts, Smith Lea argued that doesn’t tell the whole story. There are also important cultural factors that can deter women from getting in the saddle.
“If you go into a bike shop or look around you on the streets and all you see is men, it’s going to make you feel like this is not an activity that’s for you,” she said.
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