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The new breed of cycling clubs: ‘A lot of what we’ve seen around activism and campaign work was very male, pale and stale’

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling,” Susan B Anthony wrote in 1896. “It has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world.” The famed American civil rights leader was referencing the use of the bicycle — then called the ‘Freedom Machine’ — as a democratic device for good, spurring on societal change and even aiding the suffragette movement.

n today’s world, however, the bicycle’s egalitarian roots have changed direction somewhat. For a start, the gender balance of cyclists is different, with far fewer women taking to their saddles these days than in Anthony’s time. And even though bicycle sales in Ireland soared by more than 30pc during the pandemic, ​​recent research suggests only about a quarter of cyclists on Irish roads are female.

https://www.independent.ie/life/the-new-breed-of-cycling-clubs-a-lot-of-what-weve-seen-around-activism-and-campaign-work-was-very-male-pale-and-stale-41403532.html The new breed of cycling clubs: ‘A lot of what we’ve seen around activism and campaign work was very male, pale and stale’

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