R-E-S-P-C-T on my B-I-K-E

You better think…
Alright ladies (cyclists) You’ve been misrepresented for too long.
The women bike program of the League of American Cyclists have just released the Women on a Roll helping to quell common myths about women and cycling.

They also created this handy iconography: 20131004-110317.jpg

From the site:

A first-of-its-kind report from the Women Bike program, Woman on a Roll compiles more than 100 original and trusted sources of data to showcase the growth and potential of female bicyclists in the United States. It also suggest five key focus areas — the 5 Cs — to increase women’s ridership. Download the full report and read the press release.

Source page.

Meanwhile in the Boston area a cycling pioneer for woman was honored.

The Boston Globe:

Ceremony honors cyclist who broke barriers
Kittie Knox showed pluck on wheels

By: Dan Adams
September 30th, 2013

In the late 1800s, when Boston emerged as the epicenter of a national bicycling craze, women initially were relegated to tricycles. But as they began switching to the kind of two-wheeled bikes men rode, publications offered stern advice on how a lady ought to dress while cycling.

In an 1894 New York Times story headlined, “Garb of Man Makes a Fool of a Woman She Declares and She is Waging a War Against It,” Mary Sargent Hopkins said: “Now, if there is one thing I hate, it is a masculine woman. It has made my heart sore to see the women who have been putting on knickerbockers . . . racing and scorching with the men.”

So it is no surprise that Hopkins, a Boston resident who published the women’s bicycling magazine The Wheelwoman, found little to like about Kittie Knox.

Read morehere.

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