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WOMEN CATCHING UP WITH CYCLE COMMUTING

With cycling popularity speeding up, women around Britain are getting on saddles more often than they used to a few years ago.

Today, according to British Cycling, of those people in England who cycle once a week, around 525,000 (27 per cent) are women. The number of commuters in Britain among women has risen by 40 per cent since 2008 that has been a ground-breaking change in the scene of UK roads.

Despite the change, it is still a big gap between genders. The reasons for women hesitating to get on bikes widely vary from time saving to safety reasons.

Recently it has been boasted that London, among other cities, is getting safer to ride a bike, however, women choose other means of transport for commuting. According to Women Bike, 75 per cent of females saying they find it too dangerous to cycle.Statistics show that it is not all doom and gloom.

Compared to 2011-2012, while the number of men injured is steadily falling, last year the number of women taken to the hospital in a case of cycling accident has steeply decreased.

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If the promises from Boris Johnson announced in December 2013 for comprehensive grid of quiet, bike-friendly routes will be implemented, we could expect even more female cyclists in the streets of London by the next year.

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