a while back i encountered a group of cyclists on my commute who started talking to me and said "nice bike, do you just ride it for fun?" with furrowed eyebrows i said "no... i commute everywhere on bike." their reply, "in those clothes?" my reply, "yes, even in the rain. a bike isn't an accessory, it's a bike."
a bike is a bike is a bike is a bike, so to steal from Gertrude Stein. i know the bicycle has become and is growing into a bigger trend, especially in urban cities, fashion blogs, and in the fashion industry. where cities are developing more bicycle infrastructure, more people are riding. whether you consider yourself a bicycle advocate or not, you know that promoting cycling, even through fashion, will get people riding, especially women. with more women out on the streets on two wheels, there has been an increase of women that started changing the face of bicycle culture socially, economically, and politically. there are more women opening bike stores around the country, managing them, designing innovative and stylish bikes, cycling clothing, and accessories. women are even heading up influential advocacy blogs, bike coalitions, non profits, and other organizations. and just because they aren't heading up popular blogs, companies, websites, or other types of media and getting massive amounts of hits and followers, they are there, fighting in the backgrounds, and i am always searching for them. it feels good to hear these voices and even to be a part of them, so while some people may consider some of us girly bike bloggers to use our bicycle as an accessory, i just have to say, we are doing so much more than being pretty on a bicycle. our presence on the road and voices are redefining livable streets and urban culture. so perhaps the next time you run into an a pretty girl and her bike, just remember, she is part of a quiet movement that many of us women are loudly fighting for.