Because women who straddled a motorcycle were “distracting” men from driving safely, a county in Kenya is proposing a law that could force women to sit sidesaddle while a man drives the motorcycle or bike. Kisumu County assembly members agreed that the sitting position of women straddling a bike, called ‘bet angewa,’ was unconstitutional and un-cultural. Because women were “exposing their bodies” by opening their legs on the bikes, men began losing respect for them. Now it is the safety and mobility of the women that will be put at risk — especially when they’re wearing long, flowing clothing hanging over the sides of the bike. Kisumu County is actually not the first place concerned about women straddling male bike riders; a city in Indonesia enacted a law requiring women to ride sidesaddle on bikes and motorcycles. Sure there’s a better way to solve this conundrum somehow? One that is less dangerous? [Salon via Standard Media] [Image via MrJam.org]
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This is Emily Finch, a mother of six who traded in her gas-guzzling Suburban for a thigh-burning family bike. Apparently a full load of kids, gear, and groceries can weigh up to 550 pounds, but Finch keeps pedaling away in her cute wedge sandals, making sure to “rotate kids into pumping position to keep them fresh.” Would anyone be surprised if I told you she lives in Portland? Anyone? Anyone? That’s what I thought. [Bike Portland]
This woman is wearing a bike helmet. Do you see it? Probably not, because it’s not there. Confused yet? OK, here’s the deal: you’re looking at a photo of an innovative product called the Hövding, which is being touted as the world’s first “invisible bike helmet.” See that zip-up scarf around the model’s neck? Housed inside that unassuming fabric collar is an accelerometer and gyroscope that detect motion and trigger the release of an airbag to protect your delicate cranium in the event of a crash. Developed by a pair of Swedish women, the Hövding certainly isn’t cheap (it currently retails for $600 and works once), but it has the potential to revolutionize the world of bike safety and put an end to helmet hair. Pretty cool, huh? Would you ever wear one?
After the jump, check out a video about the development of this incredible technology and how the designers dealt with sexism they encountered in the process of bringing their product to the marketplace…
The couple that bikes together, stays together? Perhaps not with 100 percent assurance, but most of these 15 celebs couples prove that going for a spin outside may just help your relationship go the distance! Keep reading »
Guys, I am so excited. I have a new second best friend! (My dog Lucca is the first.) Her name is Scout and she’s red, used and super fast. I’m talking about my new bike, by the way. Considering she is my new best friend, I am still in the obsession stage of our relationship. All I can do is think about all the things I want to buy her to make her even prettier and more fun than she already is. Here are 12 super rad bike accessories that would totally upgrade the new lady in my life. Do you have a bike? Where do you ride? Got any suggestions for cool bike accessories I missed? Ack, so many questions!
Those of you who follow street fashion blogs have no doubt noticed the ongoing fascination with pretty girls looking good on bikes. Each one of these things on its own — pretty girls, looking good and biking — is worthy of some praise, but all together they form a glorious trifecta that thousands of blog posts and picture frames have been devoted to. But while looking good while biking is nothing new, we have noticed that women who used to take town cars have joined the ranks of what my friend Jim calls PGOBs, or Pretty Girls on Bikes. There’s Self magazine editor Lucy Danziger, badass stylist Catherine Baba, and a bit of a fashion editorial fixation on bicycles as of late. As someone who’s been biking in stilettos and party dresses for quite some time now, I’ve got a few tried and true tips to help you join the herd of well-dressed biker babes. Keep reading »
Got the bike. Looking awesome while riding it? Not so easy. Rarely is there any gear for bikers that doesn’t look like Lance Armstrong’s hand-me-downs—i.e., it’s all way too serious stuff in not the best colors. Where’s the fun in that? Normally, I’d say go with skinny jeans, flats, and hope for the best, but after reading about a new line of clothes made explicitly (and expertly) for bikers, I’ll reconsider. Check these two ladies out: cycling enthusiast Amy Fleuriot and her friend, Sarah Buck, a former bike courier (bike messengers are no joke, people). Their company is called Cyclodelic and the two recent design grads are trying to make biking a bit more fashionable. Get a look at some of their genius innovations, after the jump. Keep reading »