Women and "City Cycling"

How was resistance to women cycling expressed historically? What were the early politics of cycling as it related to emancipation?

How do women serve as an "indicator species" for overall biking conditions?

And while in many contexts there are fewer women than men cycling, this is not the case everywhere. What is happening in countries like the Netherlands where this trend is reversed and women outnumber men for trips on bikes?

For insight into these questions and more, check out: http://www.ecf.com/news/cyclingandwomen/. The article focuses on "City Cycling," which includes a chapter written specifically on women and cycling by Jan Garrard, Susan Handy, and Jennifer Dill.