Morality and Cycling

Here’s another JSTOR article, on the response to new safe bicycles which were seen as morally dangerous, as it allowed young women to go on unsupervised dates. It gave them unheard of independence, which to some was threatening.

Some time ago some Moslem women opposed funding for cycling schemes on the basis that the pasttime is immodest; their Catholic female Mp backed them. Back to the future?

Here’s the article:

http://daily.jstor.org/the-moral-threat-of-bicycles-in-the-1890s/?utm_source=internalhouse&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=jstordaily_02252016&cid=eml_j_jstordaily_dailylist_02252016

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