The Bicycle and Women’s Independence

An image from “Wheels of Change,” available at your local bookstore or through Amazon.

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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