Edwardian Ladies Bicycle

Location: Ulster Transport Museum / Rail & Road Galleries / Road Transport Gallery

From the 1890’s it became acceptable for women to ride bicycles. For those lucky enough to have a bicycle, it changed their lives’ in subtle but significant ways. Here, at last, was a form of transport which did not require them to have the strength of a man. Here also was the chance to escape tight corsets and very long skirts in favour of more practical clothing. Young ladies also relished the opportunity to escape from their chaperones and cycle either alone or with friends.