It’s a day of biking on Saturday, May 6, at the Wilder Club and Library.
At 11 a.m., in a free Vermont Humanities Council program. Luis Vivanco explores the early history of the bicycle in Vermont and how it was tied to changes in industrial production, consumerism, new road policies, and gender relations. The illustrated talk by Vivanco, professor of anthropology at the University of Vermont, focuses on the 1890s when enthusiasm exploded statewide as bicycles became safer, women took to the wheel, roads improved, and retailers developed novel advertising techniques to draw in buyers.
Bike clinics precede and follow the program. Omer and Bob’s will present a “pre-ride check clinic” from 10 to 11. At 12:30 Vital Communities presents: Get The Basic Skills (how to shift and understand your gears, how to start & stop in a controlled way, turning, bike handling, whatever you need!). In between, we’ll provide lemonade on the porch to accompany any packed lunches. The afternoon clinic is 60 minutes long (outside, with your bike!) This is a 3 part day of biking: come for one, two or three parts! Or even 4 parts—-the nearby bike path and roads will beckon.