Why Don't More Women Bicycle Tour?
On my first bike tour, I pedaled 800 miles before encountering another female traveling by herself. By contrast, I met three men riding solo in the first few days.
“You’re the indicator species: a beacon of hope. A sign that things are getting better.”
As a young woman cycling alone across the country, I heard things like “You’re out here alone?” and “Aren’t you afraid?” on a daily basis.
Plenty of women pedal across the country every year, but it’s rare to see them alone. Women tend to cycle with their partners, their best friends, or with guided tour groups. It’s a rational decision: we’re taught to employ the “buddy system” from an early age, and there’s safety in numbers.