Who knew that March is Women’s Bike History
Month? I discovered this while comparing
Florida’s Bike Month to the May Bike Month by The League of American Bicyclists,
established in 1880.
So, I’ll combine some of the history of the contribution of women along with come bicycle safety tips.
1896, Susan B. Anthony — one of the most
important leaders in the women’s suffrage movement — shared her perspective on
bicycling with intrepid reporter, Nellie Bly. “Let me tell you what I
think of bicycling,” she said. “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.” https://bikeleague.org/content/march-womens-bike-history-month
realized this. According to the Bike
League article, Anthony wasn’t alone. The article mentioned her friend, and
fellow suffragette, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, wrote an entire article for
the American Wheelman praising the bicycle for encouraging the
building of “good roads,” and increasing people’s mobility. It states, most importantly, though: “The
bicycle will inspire women with more courage, self-respect and self-reliance,
and make the next generation more vigorous of mind and body; for feeble mothers
do not produce great statesmen, scientists and scholars.”
not certain about the latter part of the statement but maybe that was a
challenge enough to encourage women to begin expanding their horizons with
confidence. Could it have been simply a bicycle
that helped trigger this progress?
So, as you warm up and exercise on your bike that has been sitting around for the winter, let’s highlight a few safety pointers. First, give your bike a safety inspection and make sure it is operating properly, including lights.
I realize each state and country has its own special rules and laws so I’ll just stick to a few things to consider. Consult your own local laws where you ride – and when we travel to other locations. Let’s not assume our knowledge is sufficient for where we ride. Check before your ride!
Florida is a great place to ride your bike. If you are driving in Florida, please be aware of cyclists. Cyclists need to be aware of vehicle drivers as well. Let’s have mutual respect and protection.
Florida Department of Transportation’s Alert Today Florida program has key information, and posted the proclamation from Florida’s Governor Ron DeSantis, for March Bicycle Month. https://www.alerttodayflorida.com/ Florida knows the importance of doing everything possible to make roadways safer for all users.
I enjoyed making presentations to teens and adults alike to encourage vehicle, bike and pedestrian safety. I had fun re-enacting Larry, the crash test mannequin (which I changed to Larry the Smarty since he now buckles up, rides safely and walks safely.
Here are some simple tips to remember:
– A bicycle in Florida is a legal vehicle on roadways. Don’t assume though that people see you or know the law. Better to be safe.
– Cyclists on roadways fare best when they act, and are treated as vehicles.
– Bicyclists may ride on sidewalks as well but must yield to pedestrians and provide an audible signal while approaching them.
– Some local laws may not permit a bicyclist to ride on the sidewalk, so check before you ride.
– Ride in the same direction as the traffic since the bike is an authorized road vehicle.
– If a designated bike lane is in the roadway, some local laws require bicyclists to use it instead of the sidewalk. That may not be safe for children though.
– If you see an image of a bicycle on the roadway, called a sharrow, it means a bicyclist should be expected to be in the roadway. These are often alternatives to designated bike lanes when there is insufficient space to build the separate lanes.
March 8-17, 2019 is Bike Week in Daytona, Florida. Motorcycles are everywhere, practically. Don’t let them sneak up on your blind side, okay?
Dubbed the “World’s Largest Motorcycle Event,”
Bike Week is a 10-day Daytona Beach area event filled
with high-octane street festivals, concerts, motorcycle
races, bike shows, rallies, manufacturer showcases, live music
daily at iconic venues like Destination Daytona, Iron Horse Saloon, Main Street
Station, Full Moon Saloon, Boot Hill Saloon, Bank and Blues and much
more! Established more than seven decades ago, over 500,000 motorcyclists
make the annual pilgrimage to this Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event. https://www.daytonabeach.com/event/daytona-bike-week-2019/38445/
My personal opinion – drive and enter with caution.
This video clip reflects how bikes can come out of nowhere.
I rode a motorcycle years ago and enjoyed jumping the hills and riding the trails, but was always cautious maneuvering around traffic. I would venture to say most large bike owners, such as Harley Davidson riders, are more conservative than the sleek, high-energy bikes, which remind me of road rockets. Do you agree?
Imagine back in the day – racing with
these beauties. That’s what I thought while
walking in the Jacksonville International Airport, Friday, and took this photo.
The annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance in Florida helps with your imagination as you tour the racers, sports and luxury cars. You can also participate in a silent auction. I had forgotten about the event but plan on attending one of these days – and of course take some photos.
Concours is French and means a public display or competition. It typically displays precision restoration of historic and rare automobiles and is an event held worldwide at various times.
Why are these tiny doors in the
U.S. Capitol? I’m glad you asked.
These small doors and the water sources they housed, found in several places in the capitol building, were multipurpose. Years ago they provided water to prevent a future fire from spreading.
The doors also helped ensure the mud tracked in from Washington’s dirt streets and foot paths could be easily cleaned from the capitol’s floors. That is why the doors stand only about 30 inches tall. They conceal low, shallow closets where workers filled pails of water to mop the floors. (Architect of the Capitol – https://www.flickr.com/photos/uscapitol/29122889536)
This is a post for Thursday Doors. You can be added to the list too. Follow this link to Norm’s doors. Check them out and then look for the link to the list. Fill out the form, and your doors are in the gallery of doors for this week. #Thursdaydoors
I couldn’t find my photos of the doors during my last trip to D.C. so I’ll have to rely on the photos from Architect of the Capitol. Thanks.
Ichetucknee Springs near High Springs and Fort White, Florida provides an abundance of life to the natural habitation in Florida’s northeast region, and is an oasis of sorts year round.
The Ichetucknee 1 post provides information and images of
the head water springs and the north entrance to the Ichetucknee River. The images in this post reveal the south end
of the river where water travelers usually exit from the peaceful ride.
The flow of the springs creates a beautiful river that was once a secret (somewhat) before 1970. You wouldn’t know it today as thousands converge on the area. The river doesn’t mind though. It just meanders along awaiting new people to jump right in and ride along.
Ichetucknee River flows about six miles through the shaded hammocks and wetlands before joining the Santa Fe River. In 1972 the head spring of the river was declared a national natural landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
White-tailed deer, raccoons, wild turkeys, wood ducks and great blue herons can be seen from the river. Picnic areas, equipped with tables and grills, are available throughout the park.