Hey, yeah, Bec and I wrote a little bit about overcoming obstacles to biking for transportation last year, on this very site!: http://thebillfold.com/user/4233/alex-baca-and-rebecca-rindler/ We started a new post, but I moved across the country, started a new job, and neglected our Google doc. I've also written about this elsewhere: http://www.citylab.com/commute/2012/10/we-wont-get-more-women-bikes-until-we-have-environments-cater-them/3590/ /self promotion Anyway, I do think that the barriers to biking for women are much the same as the barriers to biking for anyone else (sweat, geography, positioning of work and home), which are what they are largely because of the way American cities have not so much developed as sprawled. And all THAT is amplified by the fact that childcare and housework disproportionately fall to women. Biking for transportation is great. I've done it every day, save maybe a dozen times, for the past four? five? years. I wish more people could do it. I wish the U.S. weren't a shitty place to bike for transportation. I wish American cities wanted to pay to build more bike infrastructure. I can talk about this for days.
I drove a Beetle. Things on it broke often and were extraordinarily expensive to replace. I don't miss it, not even the convertible bit.
You have really nice friends!
@honey cowl OMG I did not make it clear enough in this piece that I DO NOT THINK THE WEST COAST IS THE BEST COAST. The East Coast is the best! I said in a comment above that if I got a job in D.C., I wouldn't leave! But I didn't! So I'm leaving! TWLDF has a D.C. office and I am hoping desperately that I can transfer into it after a few years. I am a snobbish, foul-tempered East Coast exceptionalist, and I would like everyone to know that.
@Thingamabob I was totally applying to things outside of my reach! I think companies will generally take less experience (except for SFMTA, which sent me back an email that was like, "Your verified three years and one months' experience is less than the required four years"), but there's also just tons and tons of people out there with those 10 years or whatever. I am very, very skeptical about the West Coast. I love D.C. and would have preferred to stay here, but didn't get a job here. My boyfriend is a bonus, but I am truly doing this for a job. So we'll see! Thank you and good luck to you, too.
@kellyography Thanks, and good luck. This process took me about three months, but I applied to a lot. So ymmv.
@AitchBee This made me :) :) :) Thanks!
@Blondsak Thank you!
@Carmen Aiken@facebook Thank you! And, yeah, I do LOL about it---and talk to my friends about it often (I have an urbanist-y bunch of acquaintances). I can't lie, it is attractive to me to be in San Francisco while there is such agita about gentrification and displacement. My work in D.C. was specifically about a neighborhood that COULD gentrify, but likely wouldn't (at least in the way that we recognize gentrification) for awhile. So it's kind of a flip.
@Carmen Aiken@facebook Agree w/this. I know maybe two people who have gotten relocation out of about 15 or so who have left D.C. in the past year.