Mar 012024
Bike Books I Recommend: Women on Wheels

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

Women’s emancipation* and the history of bicycling go hand in handlebars. I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many outstanding women leaders in the movements for better bicycling and safer streets; I just wish each and every one of them had written a book I could list here. Maybe some are in the works—who knows? I do have books by women on broader topics that will show up in other posts; this list is focused very directly on books by women, about women riding, just in time for Women’s History Month.

*Historical footnote: References to “women’s emancipation” refer to the passage of the 19th amendment to the Constitution. Introduced in 1919, it passed the House and Senate and 36 states ratified it; its adoption was certified Aug. 26, 1920. What it did not do was extend full voting rights to African-American, Asian-American, Latina, and Native American women. A combination of state laws, threats, taxes, and other barriers meant these women had to keep fighting for full voting rights for decades. We still have to fight for every woman, trans woman, and non-binary person to feel safe riding or walking down the street.

“The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” —Maya Angelou

Updated to add editorial note: I haven’t read all of these yet. I got some great recommendations by publishing an initial list and am continuing to add. I’ve reorganized a bit to group the how-to, history, and travel topics.

Some of the book links are affiliate links for Bookshop; any affiliate funds received will be donated to organizations supporting women, bicycling, and safer streets. Support your local bookstore in person or via purchases on Bookshop.org, or ask for these books at your local library so others can read them after you.

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