Biking: A Taste of Independence

Although children still ride bicycles, sometimes it seems like less of an achievement than it used to be. A child’s first bike and learning to ride it, used to symbolize a bit of independence. However, with the bicycle’s waning importance in childhood, adults seem to be riding them more than children.

Why has the bicycle seemingly faded in importance? Is it because children are more sedentary? The roads appear more dangerous? Other, “cooler” types of transportation have taken its place? Perhaps it is some of all of them, but the bicycle should still be remembered as a mode of transportation.

“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, untrammeled womanhood.”
– Susan B. Anthony

“My two favourite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything. The perfect day: riding a bike to the library.”
– Peter Golkin

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.”
– Arthur Conan Doyle, Sr.

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.”
– Ernest Hemingway

“You know, bicycling isn’t just a matter of balance,” I said. “It’s a matter of faith. You can keep upright only by moving forward. You have to have your eyes on the goal, not the ground. I’m going to call that the Bicyclist’s Philosophy of Life.”
– Susan Vreeland

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