Bad Science: Morning Ride Poll

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 23

I know this is not statistically or scientifically valid, but on my morning ride in I like to poll the other cyclists I see.

Today I saw the following (all numbers estimates):

about 30-40 cyclists (high for a day like today)
95% wore a helmet
60% ladies
40% gents
30% single speeds
70% geared bikes

I am excited to see so many ladies out riding, I feel like there has been a giant increase in both the amount of people riding and the quality of their riding. Many more people are following the law, riding in a normal manner, and the increase in the number of lady cyclists tells me that the city is starting to feel more bike friendly (ladies tend to have better common sense and take less risks).

What was your morning commute like?


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5 Responses to “Bad Science: Morning Ride Poll”

  1. By Dan Pugatch on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    My morning Commute Somerville to Watertown:

    Cyclists: 4
    Women: 25%
    Geared: 100%
    Helmets: 100%
    Running Red lights: 100%

  2. By William on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Where do you count internal gearing?

    I saw a couple other cyclists today. Many more than I usually see. Mix of women and men. Mostly wearing helmets. Nobody ran a red light that I saw, but I didn’t see other cyclists at the lights, either. Didn’t notice the gearing. I did see one lady in a skirt with two huge panniers. That made an impression.

  3. By Erik on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    Women with big panniers catch my eye too.

  4. By Rebecca on Feb 23, 2012 | Reply

    “I did see one lady in a skirt with two huge panniers. That made an impression.” That may have been my daughter! Was it in Cambridge? She wears skirts a lot. Was it an enormous black bike(Dutch)? Or it could have been her girlfriend who rides a more normal looking purple bike. All three of us have enormous panniers that come from The Netherlands

  5. By Jed on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    I think Boston cycling is definitely benefiting from this warm dry winter.

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