Women keep discovering the bicycle
And even now, there are vast legions of women (see story) actively thwarted by their family, their men….
My talk in Davis, CA last Saturday was fun. Mine was the third of several Tire-Side Chats organized by the U.S. Bicycle Hall of Fame. Without the ‘tireless’ efforts of John Hess, Sarah McCullough and Heather Crawford, I’d not have pulled it off.
None of the ( loosely packed) room left early, and I even managed to ply a few of them with free Syrah donated by Arnot-Roberts. The title of the talk was Why Women Love Bicycles.
My aim was to demonstrate that ever since the safety (equal-size inflatable tires) bike, women took to the roads and significantly expanded their “Her”izons. It was no easy thing, and the medical community, business community and the town hall all weighed in on the subject, pro or con.
There is nearly no way to understand how heated the debate was, until you simply substitute “freedom of choice” versus “baby killing” and that is about the heat level of the debate, as well as the intractability of the two unwavering sides.
So wouldn’t you know that these same debates are happening now, in the Muslim world? Of course…
O reader, if you are interested in coming to the next run of my short (half hour) talk, please leave me a note, and I’ll let you know when I ‘m taking it to Berkeley (Velosport Bike Shop, probably).
Here is a bonus film that has nothing to do with the subject, but is an excellent idea of the way streets looked at the turn of the century. The 4 minute clip is called Fat Man Rides A Bicycle. You’ll be impressed at what they thought of as ‘fat’ back then…