I'll never forget the energy and power in that room.

In September, nearly 300 people packed the first National Women's Bicycling Summit, eager to meet fellow leaders and share their efforts to get more women riding. I had barely gotten the word "Welcome" out of my mouth, when a woman in the crowd shouted, "It's about time!" And the whole room erupted into applause and cheers.

She was right. It is about time -- to launch the FIRST national
advocacy campaign
to engage more women in bicycling!


Even if you attended the Women's Summit, that was just a preview. After the two events in 2012, we pored through your feedback. Since September, we've been working behind the scenes with an incredible group of women across the nation to develop a full-scale Women Bike program. Informed by your ideas, we're confident we've hit the mark with with bigger events, new reports, unique resources, fresh social media campaigns... and so much more.

But the power of this initiative depends on YOUR participation! Register now for the National Women's Bicycling Forum on March 4. Join our Facebook community and follow us on Twitter. Tell all your friends and family to join the Women Bike movement!

See you in March!

Carolyn Szczepanski
Director of Communications, Women Bike
League of American Bicyclists
Register Now: National Women's Bicycling Forum

Last year, we got the wheels turning with the first National Women's Bicycling Forum. This year, we're pushing the pace, expanding the event to a full day -- and bringing in an incredible line-up of women bike trailblazers.  

With a theme of "Women Mean Business," the second National Women's Bicycling Forum will showcase women leaders and entrepreneurs in the bicycle industry and highlight the economic impact and rising influence of women in the bicycle movement.  

Don't miss your chance to hear from industry pioneer Georgena Terry, and mountain bike legend Jacquie Phelan. Get ready to learn from Alison Cohen, the woman behind the nation's largest bike share systems; Sarai Snyder, the founder of Cyclofemme; Jenna Burton, the founder of the rising movement of Red, Bike & Green.

With opportunities to network and meet fellow bicyclists from across the country, this celebration of cycling will inspire, inform and energize you to get more women riding in your community.

Learn more, see the list of confirmed speakers (thus far!) and register here. Don't wait: Our first two events in 2012 sold out!

After the Forum, Attend the Summit

The Women's Forum is just the start of the premier advocacy event of the year: the National Bike Summit. And we need YOU to join us, March 4-6, to tell Congress that Bicycling Means Business

The National Bike Summit is a powerful opportunity to unite the voices of bicyclists and share the benefits of bicycling with our elected officials on Capitol Hill. And this year is more important than ever. There's a new Congress, new leadership and new opportunity to build the momentum for better bike funding and programs in the next federal transportation law. Plus, there's no better place to learn best practices from advocates and industry across the country -- and hang out with fellow bike enthusiasts in the nation's capital!

Register by January 21 to save $100! Read all about the incredible line-up of workshops and speakers here

Yes, You Can! Scholarships and Childcare Available for Women's Forum
At the heart of Women Bike is the belief that bicycling is for everyone. So we're committed to making sure our events and programs are accessible to all.

If you have kids, bring them along to the Women's Forum! We'll have free childcare at the event. If the $85 registration fee is a financial hardship, apply for a scholarship to attend the Women's Forum for free.

Looking for affordable lodging options? Check out the youth hostel just a few blocks from the conference hotel or the "Homestay + Hotel Share Forum." If you have additional questions, please don't hesitate to contact me: carolyn@bikeleague.org. 
Calling all Women Bike Entrepreneurs for Forum Pop-up Shop!
Are you a female entrepreneur with a bicycle-related product? We want to feature you at the Women's Forum!

In exchange for selling your wares to the expected 400 attendees and gain exposure at one of the biggest bike advocacy events of the year, we ask that you pay $100 and donate 10 percent of your proceeds to the League's Women Bike program. We have capacity for 20 vendors -- with three feet of display space each.

Our selections will be based on ensuring a diversity of entrepreneurs and product offerings -- but the sooner you apply the better your chances! Applications are due January 23. Click here to fill out the short survey to apply. Questions? Email carolyn@bikeleague.org

(Photo: Earrings made out of recycled bike parts from Recycle-A-Bicycle in New York City) 
Party with WABA, Elly Blue and Women Bike on Sunday Night
Make sure your travels plans for the National Women's Bicycling Forum include the launch party on Sunday night for an exciting local initiative: Women & Bicycles. We're still hashing out the final details, but mark your calendar for a celebration of women's cycling from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. The event will include a short presentation from Elly Blue, author of Everyday Bicycling, and plenty of time to mix and mingle with women cycling advocates from DC and across the country! Stay tuned for final details soon!

How to Start a Women's Bike Club

Getting more women on bikes often begins with a simple invitation to ride with a friend. Providing community and education, women's bike clubs are a powerful way to empower more women to discover the many benefits of riding.


Join us for our first Women Bike webinar on "How to Start and Sustain a Women's Bike Club" at 8 p.m. Eastern on January 23. We'll hear from leaders who have started and grown a women's bike club, including WE Bike (Women's Empowerment) NYC, Black Women Bike DC and Girl Bike Love.


Click here to register!  


(Photo: Black Women Bike DC) 

Join the Movement!
At its heart, Women Bike is really about community. It's about sharing our stories and experiences and combining our voices and advocacy in ways that inspire more women to ride. So, in addition to our powerful in-person events and informative webinars, we're continuing the conversation online.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter for inspiration, conversation and ideas to grow the ridership and leadership of women in the bicycle movement. And spread the word: Invite all your friends and family to join the Women Bike movement, too!




Header photo: Participants at the National Women's Bicycling Summit, by Maureen McGinnisg
Thank you to our Women Bike Sponsors




Interested in sponsoring Women Bike? Click here or contact carolyn@bikeleague.org!  


Meet the Forum Speakers

Q&A with Industry Trailblazer Georgena Terry  
"In 1985, I took five bikes, a full size range, to the Great Eastern Rally," Terry says, "and women started walking up to me saying, 'What do you mean you have bikes made for women?'" Read more.

Conversation with Mountain Bike Legend  Jacquie Phelan 
"Once, the promoter of TransPortugal flew me over to de-segregate his race," Phelan says. "Only men had raced this most rigorous of ultra-endurance events." Read more.

A Powerful Pledge for 2013  
Sarai Snyder came up with a powerful means to boost women bicycling -- a personal pledge "to inspire one more woman to ride a bike." Read more.  

Stay tuned to the League blog for more stories about Women's Forum speakers!

Power in Numbers

982 million
The number of bike trips taken by women in the U.S. in 2009, according to the National Household Travel Survey. Just a tiny taste of the important data you'll find compiled in ou
r first Women Bike report, to be released at the National Women's Bicycling Forum!
"Like" Women Bike
Give the thumbs up to daily inspiration, stories and insight on women's cycling. Join our Facebook community: facebook.com/womenbike
Add your Voice on Twitter
Follow us on Twitter @womenbike and join the #womenbike discussion!
Just for Inspiration!
Ever notice how so many new year's resolutions are served by simply hopping on your bike?

See more on the Women Bike Facebook page!