I always like to search for “connectitude” (shout out to the HIMYM fans who got that) in my life. I’m currently working on a show about a woman who bikes through the Middle East. Every so often there is a talk back after the show, they bring in panelists to talk about a specific topic relating to the show. Last night was about the empowerment of women through riding a bicycle. Sometimes I’m really not interested in the talk backs so I study while it goes on, but last night, the discussion drew me in. It was about the empowerment of women with bicycles.
Bicycling is very big in NYC and from what I learned doing this show they are a tight knit community. What I did not know, and actually surprised to learn, that lots of women don’t bicycle. The ratio of men to women is 3:1. The panelists went on to discuss why they thought women didn’t bike and they learned that there were twice as many women bicycling when there are designated bike lanes, set away from the cars. One also mentioned that to bike in NYC one must be kind of a “daredevil.”
Now, why am I sharing this? Mainly, because I like connecting things from one part of my life to another part. Recently, I’ve just been doing a lot of research about women in aviation and looking at all the organizations, etc. So it was just interesting hearing another field (or hobby or whatever) having a lot of avocation for women to join their ranks. And they are still struggling with it even when they have 27% more women than aviation.
Here’s the rub for me. Their point was that maybe women are always ready to take the risks there are with bicycling in NYC. I know the thought of biking in the city terrifies me! Yet, flying a plane, I’m fine with those risks.
Anyway, I thought it was an interesting tidbit. I have had too much time to think of other things recently and can’t wait for Tuesday. Hoping that the weather gods love me another to make it a nice day!