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The Women’s Ride on Queens Boulevard Takes Aim at NYC’s Cycling Gender Gap

Braving the brisk cold of a March morning, hundreds of people turned out Sunday for the Women's Ride on Queens Boulevard.

The event was both a celebration of women's role in bike advocacy and a call to action. About a quarter to a third of cyclists on NYC streets are women, according to NYC DOT, and this ride sent a strong message that the city can do better.

Watch these highlights from the ride and hear from participants about why cycling matters to them, and how changing infrastructure and culture can make cycling in New York more welcoming for women.

The ride started along the new Queensbridge Park Greenway, traveling through Sunnyside to Queens Boulevard and its new protected bike lanes, before wrapping up at Queens Borough Hall. The route was chosen intentionally: Two significant segments -- in Sunnyside and on Queens Boulevard approaching Borough Hall -- are slated for safer bike infrastructure this year, but local politicians have been waffling on those projects. Participants want to make sure these important bike connections get built this year.

Thanks to all these organizations for putting on a wonderful event:

Transportation Alternatives Queens Volunteer Committee
Ciclistas Latinoamericanos de New York
Make Queens Safer
Bike New York
Queens Bike
Jackson Heights Beautification Group
New York Cycling Club
NYSBRA Juniors
Women's Adventure Cycling Club
Trips for Kids
NYC Youth Cycling
Eastern Queens Greenway
Families for Safe Streets
Mujeres en Movimiento

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  • Koen

    It says a lot that so many of them experience the need to dress up in bright colours and wear a helmet. Obviously it's not safe enough out there. At first I had difficulty recognizing that they were females.

  • Claudia Lorena Corcino

    Yes. In fact it was extremely cold and windy. We were organizing this ride since November 2017 and the ride happened in March 2018, we are trying to break the gap between male/female ridership in the city. Still we have a lot of work to do regarding new protected bike lanes and enforcement !

  • Eileen Sweeney

    It does not help that the US government pushed helmets so hard for so long under the mistaken belief that they substantially reduced fatality and injury rates. That has yet to fully work itself out of the culture.