Jul 042012
The Bicycle and Women’s Independence

An image from "Wheels of Change," available at your local bookstore or library or through online booksellers.

An image from “Wheels of Change,” available at your local bookstore or through online booksellers like Bookshop.org.

I’ve written about how riding a bike gives me a sense of freedom and independence. In celebration of the Fourth of July, here’s a round-up of items on the historical links among women, biking, and independence.

First up, a video excerpt from a documentary with some great historical images and picture at right from Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way).

I’m sure there are more great posts out there; I was aiming for the historical side of things. Share your favorites in the comments for others to discover them.

 Your Turn

  • Do you have any great old photos or stories about women in your family riding bikes? I’d love to do a round-up of those for a future blog post!
  • How does riding a bike contribute to your sense of independence and freedom?
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