Are Women and Young People the Future of Cycling?

Cities nationwide are using cycling to attract young people and active commuters to their area.

The “millennial generation”, ranging from ages 18-35, is more open to alternative transportation than other age groups. Cities are hoping that investments in cycling infrastructure will help them compete for the “most mobile generation ever.”

Less than one percent of Americans commute solely by bicycle, but those cyclists are part of a coveted demographic. Bicycle commuters are usually young male professionals aged 16-44, and they will flock to areas that provide bicycling amenities.

Despite the small percentage of women in cycling, some transportation experts believe that female involvement is an important indicator of a city’s bicycle culture. Cycling conditions are generally safer, more convenient and more comfortable in areas where women ride regularly.

As cycling gains popularity, cities will continue to vie for the “creative and economic energy” that comes from an active population. Millennials and their fellow cyclists are doing more than just riding, they are contributing to the economy and stimulating a spirit of innovation.

To attract dedicated commuter cyclists, cities have to be willing to invest in safety measures like dedicated bike lanes and protective barriers. Without a safe place to ride, cyclists are risking life and limb every time they travel.

Dudek Law Firm, APC – San Diego Bike Accident Attorney