Yesterday my friend Terri sent me a link to the "Sweet Georgia Brown bicycle fashion site. It seems to be in a dormant phase right now, but I hope Courtnee will come back as I love this site! I'm so glad to be reminded of it. Browsing through the last blogs posts I came across the above embeded video from Britain's Breeze network. They are doing some very savvy and exciting things to promote bicycle riding in England. I am so impressed with the feeling of fun, passion and optimism their website exudes.
I hope you'll take the time to watch the video, it's a very touching piece on how the bike became an empowerment tool for the sufragette movement, how challenging it was for women to become bicycle athletes (Women only began riding in the Olympics in 1984!) and how bikes are still frowned upon or forbidden to women in some countries still. Still!
I would love for us to be able to create a very So Cal version of this type of story telling for the upcoming Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference. Yesterday my friend Jim Brown, the Communications Director of the California Bicycle Coalition seemed to be reading my mind and sent me these two quotes:
"Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel...the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood." Susan B. Anthony 1896
"The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women than anything else in the world." - Susan B. Anthony 1896
On that note, the Alliance for Biking and Walking and the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) held the first ever "National Women Cycling Forum" and though I am bummed other obligations kept me here and not in D.C., I am thrilled it was such a big success. If you're looking for ways to be inspired to galvanize your female friends and neighbors to ride more I invite you to sign up for APBP's free seminar next Wednesday called "Empowering Women to Bicycle for Transportation."