The number one reason that women do not ride bikes* is that they don't feel safe. Creating bike lanes that are segregated from traffic is a first step towards making women feel safe.
We all know the benefits of bicycles. Obviously, if people are choosing to ride their bikes rather than drive, there is less traffic, less congestion, less pollution, less noise, and everyone is safer--both pedestrians and cyclists. Getting more women on the road is one step we can take in the right direction. Sign the petition:
* This is from my own informal survey, as well as from information gleaned on the bike belles website.