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by Neal Rogers
July 17, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Mollema solos from breakaway to Stage 15 victory at Tour de France; Brennauer back in Thüringen lead after stage wins for Simmonds, Stephens; Vos wins GC at BeNe Ladies Tour along with two stages; Ferrand-Prévot defends national cross-country title in Plouec; UCI announces junior women category for world cyclocross championships, starting in 2020; Study: Women cyclists more put off by traffic than men; Video: 24 hours with Michael Matthews at the Tour de France; Video: GoPro’s Tour de France Stage 15 highlights.
A new study suggests that more women than men say their hopes of commuting by bike are derailed by inadequate infrastructure to protect them from traffic.
A University of British Columbia study, published recently in the Journal of Transport and Land Use, showed that even though women tend to make up roughly the same number of commuters in Vancouver, they made up a much smaller portion of cyclists — about one-third.
“We consistently see that women prefer to ride in places where there’s either low traffic or where they’re separated physically from traffic,” explained one of the co-authors, Kay Teschke, a University of British Columbia population and public health professor. “Men also prefer those route types, but women are less tolerant of route types that mix them with heavy or fast traffic.”
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