Bicycles + women = empowering women? As much as we love bicycles, bicycle cultures, and everything the bicycle stands for. Let us not forget women in this equation. This two-wheeled wonder was the catalyst for women's empowerment.
We all know that only men had access to the bicycle in the Victorian generation, as it was more of a fun recreational activity for them. However, as women were culturally expected to stay at home and limit themselves to domesticity and motherhood, the bicycle became the platform for women to ride into a new and expanding world. Thanks to the bicycle, women were able to travel farther and faster while gaining independence.
The bicycle paved the way for women to get out of the house and into society, especially in business and politics. Not only that, but this simple two-wheeled means of transportation also helped speed up the rights that many women had long longed for. This invention has contributed more to the emancipation of women than anything else in the world.
Riding a bicycle gives women a new sense of freedom because they no longer rely on a man to get around. They can go wherever they want. So they can enjoy the pleasure and the feeling of freedom, even if they only pedal for a few hours.
But obstacles such as safety issues, street harassment, and poor infrastructure can. And still do. Limit women's transportation by bicycle. Even in some developing regions of the world, there are millions of people, especially women and young girls. They walk miles every day. Competing with the sun delivering and buying goods to market The lack of transportation in some countries plays a significant role, from traveling long distances to securing the safety of the route, the time they have to commute, and the social stigma attached to bicycling.
But the good thing is that even these problems still exist in many places around the world, and the solutions are still the same, and the best is being done to protect cyclists, especially women cyclists. Cycling campaigns have been launched, more cycling organizations have been formed, more bike lanes have been built, and cycling safety has been increased compared to walking. More importantly, unrestricted and primarily free access to bicycles provides women and young girls with better educational opportunities by reducing their travel time and enabling them to get to school on time, have easy access to health facilities, and find better employment. It allows them to dream more and bigger dreams and work hard to achieve those dreams. It gives them the equal right they deserve and empowers them to better themselves and contribute more to the betterment and progress of society.
All these controversies have not stopped them but only increased women's interest in bicycles. And once women start pedaling, they do not stop. They are into it, and they will pursue it no matter what.
WOMEN AND ELECTRONIC BIKES (E-BIKES)
As our world has changed, so has the bicycle. The introduction of electric bicycles, or e-bikes, is another tool that could help increase women's share of global cycling. E-bikes will allow women to bike in ways that reinforce and challenge traditional gender socialization. E-bikes will enable women to fulfill their conventional caregiving responsibilities and meet traditional female expectations.
E-bikes open up new cycling experiences, especially for women who dream of keeping up with a faster group, biking into town, or exploring more miles on trails. E-bikes are there to take them on a ride. And not only that, E-bikes may be even better than regular bikes when it comes to improving women's sense of well-being.
Whether it's the traditional bike or the new e-bikes, bikes have long been a source of empowerment for women, and that's still true today.
Women deserve to reacquaint themselves with the idea that by riding a bike, they create a better future for themselves and the cities in which they live. The strength women gain from regular cycling carries over to every other area of their lives - from work to family to friendships. And at the end of the day, the feeling you get when you ride your bike home is worth every penny.