October 3rd, 2011

PUBLIC is pleased to host author Sue Macy who will share tales of female bike racers, reformers, and reactionaries from the bicycle boom of the 1890s.

PUBLIC Book Talk: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom
Monday, October 17
6:00pm – 8:00pm
PUBLIC HQ in 123 South Park
San Francisco, CA

Sue Macy’s talk is inspired by her new book Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way), published by National Geographic.

Today, the bicycle is an ecological, economical, enjoyable way to get some exercise, get to work, and generally get where you need to go while leaving a minimal carbon footprint. In the 1890s, the bicycle was all that and more, especially for women.

At a time when women were confined by constrictive clothing and restrictive social mores, the bicycle presented them with the chance to break free. They tossed aside their corsets and crinolines, waved goodbye to parental chaperones, and hit the road as they quite literally pedaled to freedom.

LIGHT SNACKS & DRINKS WILL BE SERVED.

EVENT IS FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. BUT PLEASE RSVP ON FACEBOOK OR TO RSVP@PUBLICBIKES.COM SO WE CAN PROVIDE ENOUGH SEATING, SNACKS, & DRINKS.

AUTHOR-SIGNED BOOKS WILL BE FOR SALE.

You can read a review in The Atlantic or watch the trailer below: