Don’t scream if you meet a cow and other rules for women cycling in 1895

Mobility is, at its most basic levels, inherently transgressive. If it isn’t, ask yourself why repressive places bind feet, refuse to allow licenses, or even movement outside without complete covering.

Wheels of Changes by Sue Macy has been getting its fair amount of attention around the inter webs, and deservedly so. It’s a delight.

Brain Pickings offers us this list of do’s and don’t for female bicyclists in 1895. It gives us some insight as to all the rannygazoo women were getting up to riding their bikes around cities, including the admonition that one not scream if one meets a cow or discuss one’s bloomers.

Next thing you know, these gals will want the vote.

And I’ll boast of my long rides if I damn well want to!