Voglio una ruota, women who choose bicycles instead of roses

‘Voglio una ruota’ is a documentary that talks about brave women who decide to ride a bike to fight conformism. In late September the new crowdfunding campaign.

Could a seemingly innocuous object like a bicycle contribute to triggering a revolution? This is the question that the website of the documentary Voglio una ruota (I want a wheel) is asking itself, because the invention of bicycles, besides facilitating the right to mobility, encouraged women’s emancipation between the nineteenth and twentieth century.

Voglio una ruota is director Antonella Bianco’s project: the story of how bicycles changed women and how women changed bicycles.


It’s a fifty-minute long documentary with mixed technique (illustration and interviews) on women’s emancipation and female cycling. It wasn’t easy for women to stand up against conformism, like when in 1924 Alfonsina Strada decided to race against men in the Giro d’Italia. Today, there is the Giro Rosa (literally pink tour) but women are not recognised as professionals, only as amateurs, as if female cycling was inferior to male cycling. For this reason, there are athletes like Anna Trevisi who fight to gain the deserved recognition and more rights. Not to mention Eyerusalem Dino Keli’s dream, an Ethyopian cyclist who would like to start a career as a cyclist in Italy.

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Unfortunately, in some countries women are banned from riding a bicycle. Like in Afghanistan and Egypt, where, as reported in Voglio una ruota, a few Egyptian girls of the GoBike group, every day break an unwritten law that considers inappropriate for women to ride a bike.

These are only a few of the motivations that pushed Antonella Bianco to realise such a documentary. In late September, a new crowdfunding campaign will start on Indiegogo to allow the project to spread.

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