I thought I’d celebrate International Women’s Week by sharing some info on Annie Cohen “Londonderry” Kopchovsky, whom I didn’t know anything about until I did a bit of snooping around the internet.
Why is she so special? She’s the first woman to cycle around the world (which she did during the Victorian era), alone (oh, and with her pearl handled revolver)! Through her bike ride, she challenged the conventional expectations of how a woman should dress, act and most importantly what she could accomplish on her own.
You can read more about this sassy and brave lady here and here.
There is also a documentary that was created about Annie Londonderry and it should be hitting the festival circuit sometime this year!
Canada’s theme this year for International Women’s Week (March 3 – March 9, 2013) and Day (March 8, 2013) is Working Together: Engaging Men to End Violence against Women. It’s high time we addressed the educational side of ending violence against women.
Can we one day live in a world where “She was asking for it.” is never said, ever again?
A design company’s manifesto in live-action format, where everyone rides a bike! Reading the comments on youtube is interesting too and for once it’s not just full of troll-y comments.Via swiss-miss.com
Ok, so I’m late to the game. I kept on seeing ‘Panda Shot’ accompanying photos all over the ‘nets earlier this year but was too lazy to track down what the term meant … that is until Mr. 416Cyclestyle shared this awesome shot with us.
Why are these called “pandas?” Well, ya see, there’s this rad chick who goes by the name faster panda kill kill. She takes rad self-portraits while riding her bike. They are so rad, in fact, that a group was formed to record similar self-portraits cuz, really, just about anyone who has a camera and rides bikes also takes these self-portraits.
Finally knowing what a Panda Shot meant, I realized that there are a lot of ladies that take great Panda shots. The best, though? Julie from The Julie Blog hands down. She can even get Panda Couple shots with her BF! She’s also really good at taking action shots of her shoes – amazing.
Sadly, I quite rather suck at taking Panda Shots … but here are a few more ladies who rock at it!
Yesterday Toronto City Hall Council voted for the removal of 3 bike lanes, the shortening of 1 and voted to not install 2 new ones. It was a pretty hard blow to the little bit of cycling infrastructure we have in Toronto.
The vote that garnered the most attention and debate was for the removal of the Jarvis St. bike lanes. This vote seemed to divide the city the most pitting motorist against cyclist, downtown residents against suburban dwellers, right-wing versus left-wing and on and on. The media was all over this dramatic vote and it seems like the vote has affected how everyone treats each other on the streets now.
This is way too much negativity for me, so instead of becoming depressed about the bike lane situation and jealous of bike infrastructure in other cities I’m going to surround myself with positive bike-related things that are going on in our city.
• ‘Xander Labayan (aka Mr. 416cyclestyle)
Not only is he an amazing photographer and writer (his posts are always thoughtful and well written) capturing, sharing and supporting biking in Toronto, he’s what I’d call a practical innovator. He’s started his own bike sharing system for the west end of Toronto!
• Grouprides to protest the Jarvis bike lane vote outcome!
I’ve been successfully boycotting their products until I saw this scarf there last week and after a lot of waffling, I decided to purchase it – especially since my 2010 holiday card had animals riding bicycles.
Photo by Neil Bruder
I also found bikes used as logos for these houseware goods – pretty cute! I must say I’m really enjoying this insurgence of the bike in pop-culture. … but now I should go back to boycotting.