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Seeking gender equality in all things here at Vélocouture. Photo by Flickr user Dmitry Gudkov in New York City

All across North America, bike advocacy groups will tell you the same thing: more men cycle than women. As a result, a major goal of many of those advocacy groups is to get more women on bikes. An article in Scientific American included this telling paragraph:

“Despite our hope that gender roles don’t exist, they still do,” says Jennifer Dill, a transportation and planning researcher at Portland State University. Addressing women’s concerns about safety and utility “will go a long way” toward increasing the number of people on two wheels, Dill explains.

Challenging this notion, all across the internet, the cycle chic blogs reverse the trend. More men may be on bicycles, but it appears that women are the ones wearing normal, stylish clothes and getting on their bikes.

Or maybe it’s that most of the cycle chic blogs are run by straight men, and they tend to turn their lenses in one direction more often than the other.

However you look at it, it’s an interesting “problem” to have. Could it be that vélocouture is a kind of bicycle advocacy? But before you think that women are the only ones who know how to ride with their clothes on, here are some examples we’ve seen of men looking good and going by bicycle. As always, these beautiful and inspiring photographs are provided by YOU. I am privileged to be your editor-in-chief and grateful for your continued interest. Onward:

Riding through the ghost town
Photo by Flickr user velvetboz in Seattle

Bike to School Day
Photo by Flickr user protorio in San Diego, California

break time
Photo by Flickr user theblueprint in Kent, Ohio

James. main. stop.
Photo by Flickr user kinamari in Santa Monica, California

Spring Panda
Photo by Flickr user Dapper Lad Cycles in Seattle

NYC Bicycle Commuter, Manh Br. @ Canal
Photo by Flickr user bicyclesonly in New York City

P1050214
Photo by Flickr user Kristin Tieche in San Francisco

the boy rides by
Photo by Flickr user la fille en rose in Montréal

London Cycle Chic 08
Photo by Flickr user [Zakka / Mikael] in London

Amsterdam folder
Photo by Flickr user jeremyhughes in Amsterdam

moving right along
Photo by Flickr user poetas in Portland, Oregon

Milano
Photo by Flickr user sindändùne in MIlan

cargobike panda henry pascal 1
Photo by Flickr user henry in a’dam in Amsterdam

Stripey Cargo Parents
Photo by Flickr user velomama in Copenhagen

Quite a few dapper gents, there. And more to come, no doubt. Thanks for tuning in, and as always thanks for your contributions to the Vélocouture group!