Annie Londonderry

– the first woman to go around the world on a bicycle

Archive for the category “safety”

“A Foolish Little Maid”

The May issue of the Saint Paul Daily Globe in 1897 carried this illustration of a female cyclist encountering a cable car:

There was a little maid,
And she had a little wheel.
In front of cable cars she loved to roam, roam, roam.
But like a stupid dunce
She slipped her pedal once
And lugged her bike in pieces to her home, home, home.

The press obviously did not think much of women cycling in Annie Londonderry’s day.


It’s All Fun and Games ’til Someone Gets Hurt

I love Retronaut – always filled with amazing historical tidbits.  This post on a serious topic, cycling safety, does take a hilarious turn when it’s information is from a 1940s safety brochure.

Obviously, women were seen as a bit spacey – sky gazers to be exact – when cycling.



For some great current cycling safety tips check out some of these websites:

Bicycle Safe

Kids Health

Defensive Cycling

Sierra Club


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