March 19th, 2010

Continental Pneumatic bike poster

The down sides of bicycling, #2

As a result of all the biking I've been doing, my hamstrings and quads have been getting much stronger. The down side of this is that my formerly-favorite jeans now no longer quite fit — just a wee bit too snug in the thighs for me to feel comfortable wearing them to work. (Outside of work, sure. This is Oakland. Jeans tend to be worn either form-fitting or so oversized you could fit two people in them.)

This means I have to go clothes shopping. I hate clothes shopping. Bah.
Victor bicycle ad - purple background

Are you a woman who rides a bike? Got 15 minutes to complete a survey?

The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals is conducting a survey on women and bicycling. What's it like as a woman bicycling in your area? What affects your decision to ride or not to ride? What would encourage you to ride more? What do you think would encourage other women and girls to ride more?

It took me less than 10 minutes to complete, and some of that was me staring at the ceiling thinking "now, how do I phrase this free-text answer?"

If you're interested, you can go here to take the survey. It's open until May 15.

They'll also be doing a free webinar on Wednesday, March 31, at which the preliminary results will be discussed.

To paraphrase the billboards that are all over these days, "If we don't know how many bicyclists we have, how will we know how many bike lanes we need?"