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A good indicator of bicycle safety in a city is if you see a mother riding a bicycle with her kids. In fact, women riding bicycles in general point to the overall bicycle safety in a city. “It is understood women are catalysts for safe pedestrian and bicycle friendly design, thus bicycling women help progress the livability of a place,” says the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) . Why does it matter to the overall bicycling scene in a city that women ride bicycles? Here are 5 reasons why. 1. Women ride bicycles primarily for utility, ease of use and efficiency and sometimes for empowerment , but not as often for the sporty thrill of it. So women riding bicycles promotes the idea of bicycling other than for recreation. 2. Seeing women on bicycles makes bicycling seem more culturally acceptable. And as bicycling becomes more mainstream and accepted,...

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