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VCB eNews Vol 11, #43 - Women on Wheels.... of Change!

 

 

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In this Edition

-  Editorial: Women on Wheels . . . of Change

-  Rides Captain Corner, Shelley Johnson

-  Bike Buy and Sell

-  About That Funny

 

 

“[Bicycling] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.” 

– Susan B. Anthony

 

 

EDITORIAL: WOMEN ON WHEELS . . . OF CHANGE

 

It just so happens that lately, I’ve been reading a lot of history about bicycling. The invention of the bicycle brought opportunity to many people, particularly those who could not afford to care for a horse. Suddenly cheap transportation was available to the masses. Bicycling was a great fad, with clubs forming and racing events springing up everywhere in North America. Bicycle shops opened up on street corners, proprietors eager to sell the new “silent steeds” as well as repair them.

 

The wide distribution of the bicycle at the turn of the last century affected women profoundly. Much to the horror of proper matrons, the bicycle enabled women to travel readily, widely, and often unchaperoned. Touted by doctors as beneficial to women’s health, bicycling was considered by many as detrimental to their morality. This did not deter women cyclists in the least. Some parties, accepting defeat at deterrence, opted for giving advice such as these “Don’ts for Women Wheelers” from the Omaha Daily Bee, September 1st, 1895: “Don’t be a fright”; “Don’t say, ‘Feel my muscle’”; “Don’t carry a flask”; and “Don’t ask ‘What do you think of my bloomers?”. I’m sure I’ve violated all of those at one time or another.

 

The adoption of cycling by women brought about changes in women’s clothing that persisted, as cycling in a huge hoop skirt could be life-threatening. The corset had to go as well: it restricted breathing too much during exercise. Women can thank cycling for shorter skirts and bifurcated lower-body garments.

We certainly don’t think of cycling as quite so revolutionary these days, but our Women on Wheels group numbers show cycling is very popular among local females. It does us good to reflect on our collective past, and consider the influence of cycling on women, and vice versa. I have included in this week’s “Loose Chain Links” an infographic about women and cycling. Personally, I was baffled by the statement that “women don’t like bikes”, but the researchers apparently heard this. What it brought to mind was a conversation I had at the Winter Cycling Congress this past February, with a very conventional middle-aged lady cyclist who is also a city planner. She felt that cyclists were not being taken seriously in her city because they seemed all to be “alternative” men in their 20s and they could not connect with the political establishment. I looked at her and remarked, “Where I come from, cyclists look . . . just like you”. Some of our most effective local advocates for cycling are women. Women on wheels are women of influence – the evolution of revolution has come full circle, and the circle’s the image of a bicycle rim.

 

RIDES CAPTAIN’S CORNER: 

by: Shelley Johnson, Rides Captain

 

Enjoy the ride with the sun at your back, like this couple at Chocolate Lake:

 

I came upon this scene in Halifax on Monday.  I am so impressed with the strides Halifax has made toward accommodating of cyclists.  When the sun shone there were plenty of people who took the opportunity to take a ride.

 

What did you do this Labour Day weekend?  Hopefully, you got to take advantage of your leisre time and got out and rode on your bicycle.  What a great way to relax.  I travelled to Halifax and the Valley.  On my weekend I saw several members from the Annapolis Valley Centennial Bike Club out on their bikes enjoying scenes such as this:

 

Grand Pre/Evangeline Beach, Annapolis Valley

 

Some time ago, I used to live in the beautiful Annapolis Valley and it was rare to see anyone on a bicycle traveling the roadways, except for the occasional sighting, which I now assume was Shelley Porter on her bike.  : )  I didn’t know Shelley then, although it is funny how sometimes one’s life will unknowingly criss-cross with another’s, until you meet at some future intersection.  Of course, back when I lived there, I marveled at the beauty from my home window or the car on long drives throughout the rural countryside.  Today, I yearn to make those trips by bike.  Grand Pre will be on my 2015 schedule.  What are you planning for 2015?  It’s not too early to think about it.

 

HERE’S WHAT IS UP AND COMING:

 

WOMEN ON WHEELS  Show & Go

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH

 

The regular show and go will be held at Noelle’s Country Market.  Please note the time change from 6:30 to the new time of 6:00 pm for a 6:15 pm start time.  This is due to changes in daylight conditions (the sun sets earlier each day).  Please ensure though that you have a front white light and a red rear light for safety and to comply with provincial law.

 

 

RECOVERY RIDE:  (THE 11TH EDITION )

FRIDAY TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH-14TH

 

A 3 day fundraiser bicycle ride around the Cabot Trail to raise awareness of sexual abuse and to help further the education of abuse survivors.

Contact Kent Cadegan: trancecadegan1@hotmail.com 

 

 

AMBASSADORS IN THE HOOD

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH

 

Once again we are on the Northside and as always you are invited to join us for a loop though North Sydney, Sydney Mines and Bras d’Or.  The Ambassadors are in the hood to promote cycling in various areas over the Summer months.  We welcome you to join us. 

Where: Waterfront Parking lot behind the Royal Bank.

Time: 1:15 pm for a 1:30 pm start   Distance:  30 K

 

 

VELO CLUB CHETICAMP

SECOND FRENCH MOUNTAIN TIME TRIAL

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH

 

Cyclists can either leave from the park entrance at 9:00 am or from Corney Brook at 9:30.  This will be an opportunity to see if you have improved your strength adn cardio over the summer.

Contact: Michel Aucoin 224-0069 or email aucoinmichel1@gmail.com

 

“TOUR DAH TARTAN”  

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20TH

 

Ladies!  This is your last chance for a Women on Wheels ride season ender.  Sad to say goodbye as far as the regular bike rides go.  Here’s the skinny on our last official ride till 2015.  

MEET:  Englishtown Ferry 

TIME:  10:00 am for a 10:15 am start.  * note this is a slight time change from the schedule.

DESTINATION:  Ride to the Clucking Hen in Indian Brook.  Great food and lots of fun!  Check out the glass blowing across the street and some of the artisan shops along the way.

 

NOT MANDATORY BUT COULD BE FUN:  Let’s see how creative you are by donning a piece of tartan (yours or other clan . . . who is gonna know?  Okay, maybe some aficionados will).  Attach it to yourself or your bike.  Could be fun!

 

MORE ON THIS RIDE IN UPCOMING NEWSLETTERS.  STAY TUNED!

 

 

 

Safe cycling out there.  The days are getting shorter.  Remember to be visible and use front and rear lights.  Have a great week and stay active.

 

Shelley Johnson

Rides Captain and Cycling Ambassador

 

 

 

LOOSE CHAIN LINKS

 

http://momentummag.com/features/how-to-bike-to-work-and-enjoy-it/

 

And how to enjoy work more once you get there: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3033844/these-cycling-desks-charge-your-phone-and-your-muscles-while-you-work?partner=newsletter

 

No chain, no gain?? http://momentummag.com/gear/bikes/5-great-commuter-bikes-with-gates-carbon-drive/

 

Are women on [bike] wheels? Check the numbers (US statistics)  http://momentummag.com/features/10-myths-about-women-and-cycling/

 

Draw your own conclusions: http://www.bbc.com/autos/story/20140829-a-bike-for-every-terrain

More bike coolness: http://www.gizmag.com/mc2-transforming-bike/33581/?utm_source=Gizmag+Subscribers&utm_campaign=8d9a4d5186-UA-2235360-4&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_65b67362bd-8d9a4d5186-90198709

 

 

 

BIKE BUY AND SELL

 

No contributions this week!

 

 

 

ABOUT THAT FUNNY

 

At a cocktail party, one woman said to another, 'Aren't you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?' The other replied, 'Yes, I am. I married the wrong man.'

__________

There is no reciprocity. Men love women, women love children, children love hamsters. - Alice Thomas Ellis

__________

Five cannibals (Man eaters) get appointed as programmers in an IT company.
During the welcoming ceremony the boss says: "You're all part of our team
now. You can earn good money here, and you can go to the company canteen
for something to eat. So don't trouble the other employees". The cannibals
promise not to trouble the other employees.

Four weeks later the boss returns and says: "You're all working very hard,
and I'm very satisfied with all of you. One of our developers has
disappeared however. Do any of you know what happened to her?" The
cannibals disown all knowledge of the missing developer.

After the boss has left, the leader of the cannibals says to the others:
"Which of you idiots ate the developer?"

One of the cannibals raises his hand hesitantly, to which the leader of the
cannibals says: "You FOOL! For four weeks we've been eating team leaders,
managers, and project managers and no-one has noticed anything, and now
YOU ate one developer and it got noticed. So hereafter please don't eat a person who is working.

 

 

 

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Thanks!

 

 

_______________

 

Shelley Porter,  

Editor, Velo Cape Breton eNewsletter

VCB Cycling Ambassador.

September 4th, 2014

 

 

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