“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. 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.” Susan B. Anthony told the New York World in 1896.
The rise of the bicycle as a means of transit in America was not without controversy. This week JSTOR Daily highlighted the interesting 2010 Michael Taylor article from the Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, "Rapid Transit to Salvation: American Protestants and the Bicycle in the Era of the Cycling Craze. JSTOR is now available to all check out Taylor's article.