Female Bikers on the Rise at Atlantic Beach Bike Fest

Sunday the crowd at the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest began to wind down as the event came to a close. There's one group of people we've been seeing a lot more of this year- women who ride.

"I just love bikes. I don't know why. I just do," said Rose Williams of North Carolina.

Williams has only been riding for six months, but has been coming to the Atlantic Beach Bike Fest for years.

She said it's not always easy being a female involved in a predominantly male sport.

"My boyfriend rides on the back of my bike with me. And a lot of people, you know, they stare because typically, you know, they say traditionally the woman's supposed to be on the back," Williams said.

But that doesn't stop Williams and other women from putting the pedal to the metal.

"We can ride just as hard as they can, just as long, and just as far. And we don't need their assistance," Sweet Doll of North Carolina said.

For the most part, they said they're treated equally by men on the road.

"Anyone that's on two wheels, we have respect for each other," Lil Mama of North Carolina said.

They encourage other women to learn to ride as well.

"If you wanna learn, don't let anybody tell you you can't. Because you can," Williams said.

Nearly 25% of all motorcyclists are female, and about 40 percent prefer cruisers.