Consider Biking's Safe Routes to School Manager, Jess Mathews, wants you to know that any clothing is cycling clothing.
To prove her point, Mathews took a photograph of what she wore when bicycle commuting throughout May, one for every day of Bike Month 2012.
"I’m very passionate about getting more women comfortable riding and navigating our city roads," said Mathews on her web site Cbus Cycle Chic. "I am also passionate about wearing everyday clothing while riding your bike. One shouldn’t feel the need to wear one outfit while riding and then change into another when you’re finished. Bicycling should be as easy and 1-2-3.... dress for your destination, not the journey."
One of the reasons why many are timid to try bicycle commuting in everyday clothes is the prospect of arriving at work sweaty. "If you take it easy and ride your bike at a leisurely pace instead of 22 mph," said Mathews, "then chances are you’ll roll into work and not be sweaty."
View some of Mathews' favorite outfits in the photo slideshow: Bike Month Fashion Project.
Beginning in June, join Mathews on ladies-only leisure rides in Columbus, OH. The event, "2 Wheels & Heels," originated in Cleveland, OH and plans are to expand to Chicago, IL and Austin, TX. For more information visit: facebook.com/TwoWheelsAndHeels