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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 12, Issue 1 (April 1, 1937)


Afew years ago it was considered a very strange spectacle to see a woman riding a bicycle in Wellington—in fact, many “rubbernecks” narrowly escaped from being run down by motor-cars while gazing at the unusual sight. But those days are gone and, to-day, there are hundreds of the fair sex in Wellington who pedal the broad (and steep) highways. Is it the result of the fad which was sprung on the world by Hollywood stars, or is it a natural development of Atalanta in search of health and beauty? Another almost extinct form of exercise is also being resurrected in the Capital City. This is equestrianism. Residents of Newtown, a suburb of Wellington, have long since grown out of the habit of gazing around at the fair damsels as they passed on horseback. Some of the riders are obviously having their first lessons, but days later they may be seen rising and falling in time to the rhythmic trot, trot of their mounts.