November 13, 2015

While men are often stereotyped as being the only ones to want to ride motorcycles, the reality is that women are riding them more and more often. A full 12 percent of all of the people who own motorcycles in the United States are women. In the five year period from 2009 to 2014 alone, that means motorcycle ownership by women went up by 28 percent.

Women are even more involved with motorcycles when you consider those who are passengers, rather than drivers. When both groups are considered together, roughly 25 percent of people on motorcycles are women.

So, why are women turning to motorcycles? Many of them cite similar reasons to men, including freedom, independence, adventure, community and the ability to defeat their own fears.

For many, the community aspect is huge specifically because there are more female riders every year. This is a growing community, and they enjoy being part of it as it thrives.

Riding also has a positive impact on many of them. A survey was done back in 2013, and it talked to over 1,000 women who rode bikes and over 1,000 who did not. It found that those who rode were more likely to feel happy all the time (37 percent to 16 percent), more likely to feel confident (35 percent to 18 percent) and more likely to be happy with the way they communicated with their significant others (60 percent to 38 percent).

As more women get into motorcycles in the coming years, it’s important for them to be sure that they know all of their rights in Pennsylvania if they are injured in accidents.

Source: The Fix, “Shifting the Balance of Power,” Liz Jansen, accessed Nov. 13, 2015