There’ve been healthy volumes of words penned regarding how fewer women ride bicycles in the U.S. than do men. Strive as many might to be gender-inclusive in the perennially male-dominated multiverse of cycling, women comprise a minority fraction of the bicycling public. The theories hypothesized for this disparity are myriad. Regardless, the number of women riding safely and confidently is increasing in the United States and internationally.
Last week, Rebel Metropolis featured a homemade pod-cast of sorts located HERE. Therein, my dear friend Meg Brennan discusses her own experiences on bikes, the obsessive safety culture that deters more people from riding, and the gender issues inherent to cycling as a movement. As an admitted novice just years ago gaining superlative confidence in riding as traffic, her experiences are at once common and unique. Her point of view affords lessons and understanding all genders can appreciate.
In keeping with a growing tradition of photo documentary on this blog, please enjoy the below collection of images of women and their bikes. There’s seldom a more authentic barometer of the ways cycling is reshaping urban existence than through the lens of simple photographic observation.