There’s a gaping pothole in the path to more women riding: Keeping young women excited about bicycling.
Research shows that, at about age 14, many girls abandon their bikes for a variety of reasons: Other girls aren’t riding; their friend don’t think it’s cool; exercising is awkward.
How do we keep future female riders in the saddle? Last year, Katie Monroe with the Greater Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition piloted a promising partnership that can be replicated nationwide.
“Before I was a bike advocate in Philadelphia, I was a Girl Scout for a full decade of my younger years,” Monroe says. “Last year, with the help of a Women Bike grant from the League, I was able to combine these two passions and launch a ‘Girl Scouts on Wheels’ bike patch here in Philadelphia.”