BBC World Service – The Why Factor – Why do we love the bicycle?

Something to listen to for this damp Sunday afternoon. The BBC World Service & Rob Penn talking about cycling in many walks of life.

The bicycle – and cycling – started out as somewhat of a faddish leisure pursuit, largely the preserve of middle-aged and wealthy men. Yet it quickly became the world’s most popular means of transport and remains so to this day. So what lies behind its mass appeal?

Author and life-long cyclist Rob Penn, helps us chart the cultural and social impact of the bicycle. From helping to widen the human gene pool to blazing a trail for the women’s movement.

-via BBC World Service

It’s 18 minutes long and, if you enjoyed Bicycle: The Film, this will be right up your street.

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