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An Illustrated Vintage Bicycle Safety Manual circa 1969


Keep your head up, your speed down, and your hands on those handlebars — or else!

On the heels of yesterday’s vintage infographics comes this charmingly old-timey bicycle safety manual circa 1969, which admonishes cyclists against common perils, street hazards, and show-off behaviors. Though significantly more evolved — not to mention better-illustrated — than that Victorian list of don’ts for women on bicycles, this guide still bespeaks the era’s tacit gender biases and cultural norms.

Got it? Now, put your bicycle safety acumen to the hypothetical test:

Then, dive deeper into the cultural history of the humble bicycle with Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way).

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