|New bike-pedestrian route in South Winnipeg|
Bike to Work Day 2011 is approaching. I have to commend the city for promoting cycling as a form of everyday travel. Winnipeg has not been the most bicycle friendly city I have encountered. But I have to admit that the city has embraced this mode of transportation in the past year.
The new bike and pedestrian routes are a welcome addition to the city. It gives the cyclists a sense of safety that one does not have when riding on the road next to drivers that don't seem to want to share the public space. There are a lot of those kind of drivers in this city.
Life as a cyclist in Toronto seemed a lot safer. Those carefree rides wearing floral Fashion Crime skirts down Queen Street.
So needless to say, I welcome the new bike and pedestrian routes.
But since I am talking about it, aren't they beautiful? And I do admit that riding to my weekly trip to the bakery I do feel a great deal safer.
So, will I be riding my bike to work on Friday? No. I wish I could be one of those stylish peeps cycling to work. Sadly, there is no safe place that I can confidently lock up my bike. It doesn't stop me from cycling in my off-work life though. So what to wear?
I love looking at old bicycling photographs from the turn-of-the-century. The couple on their four-wheeler didn't let cycling stop them from being stylish. And I love that they are wearing hats!
illustration the "winter bicycle girl" sports a fashionable attire including some well-heeled footwear. Why is it that cycling in heels seems to be something exotic or out of the ordinary? Women have been doing it for over a century!
Were they on to something?
Safety-wise I think they might have been.
Blog writer Constance Winters of Lovely Bicycle! asked readers what they thought about the Mary Poppins Effect. Yes that Mary Poppins, the character popularized in a series of children's books by Australian born novelist P. L. Travers.
Well, the theory goes that "only a monster" would hurt Mary Poppins and that it explains the different cycling experiences women would have based on her outfit.
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Basically, the belief goes women riding their bikes in a dress or skirt are treated nicer by motorists on the road. Do I think that it is far fetched? Absolutely not. I've noticed it during my years of cycling.
I might be more comfortable wearing a pair of shorts and my Burda Style tunic but I have always felt safer in a dress.
That works for me since I love wearing dresses and skirts. But what about men, do they also experience a change in attitude from drivers on the road if they wearing a suit of business attire? Hmm, I wonder.
What do you think?
Do you believe in the Mary Poppins effect?