Imagine if there was a group of people who had superior skills regarding to cycling so that they could do so in such a way as to make it much safer.
Should we listen to this group?
The vast majority of cyclists says “NO!” In fact, they flat out ignore this group.
Because they are women of course.
How do I really know that these cyclists are the most “competent” of them all?
Let’s look at the facts. After all, just going on our own “superstitions”, we’d never learn anything!
Women account for only 40% of cyclists nationally, but they make up only 10% of the fatalities. Men on the other hand, are 60% of the total, but are 90% of the fatalities. Thus, women are less likely, even when their smaller total numbers are factored out, to die when cycling.
But who are the chest thumping bike xperts? (sic) :)
So here’s the thing. Why the hell would I listen to someone who is more likely to die?
We really don’t know _why_ women are less likely to die, and we probably never will because, like I said, nobody listens to women.
We’d rather continue to die in larger numbers while mocking the safer sex.
I do have a theory on why women are in less accidents, and that is because they ride more intelligently.
In order to promote bicycle safety, I’m going to advocate riding more like women.
Other idiots can continue to ride their own made up ways, but I’m going to peddle down the path of wisdom.
Here are some of my preliminary findings in the wonderful, innovation I call “listening to women”.
Notice that these are all tendencies and the opinions of the women cyclists that I have spoken with and read about. Thus, there are going to be women who ride the exact same as the prototypical male. If this offends you, please close your browser window now. I’m not here to offend, but merely to collect data to keep myself alive.
Women tend to ride only when they feel comfortable. Other morons call this “superstitious” or whatever, but guess what, the proof’s in the pudding.
Women don’t tend to look at made up “crash diagrams” nor do they obsess over door zones or the dangers of sidewalk riding.
They go out of their way to ride longer routes which are quieter and avoid heavy, loud traffic.
They wear what they want.
If riding is too hard or scary, they just won’t ride at all which probably accounts, in part, for their lower numbers of cyclists. This also happens to be one of the cornerstones of Cross’ conclusions. Be very careful on what roads you ride on. Don’t be bold. Don’t ride too fast.
And overall, if you aren’t part of the safer sex who rides like the safer sex, shut up about safety. The numbers are against you, and whatever you say is bound to be wrong and just get people hurt.