Honestly, it doesn't get much better than this... 

In less than three weeks, we'll host the second National Women's Bicycling Forum and the line-up couldn't be more impressive. We'll hear from Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, industry trailblazer Georgena Terry, mountain bike legend Jacquie Phelan... and so many others.

It's hard to believe we've come so far in just one year -- from a single two-hour discussion in 2012 to a full-day event with 30 speakers in 2013. And, I don't want to tip our hand too much, but this year is particularly historic: If you attend the Forum you'll be the first to see the new face of the League.

Be part of this exciting event and register now for the National Women's Bicycling Forum. Don't wait: Our past two events have sold out. Sign up today!

See you in March!

Carolyn Szczepanski
Director of Communications, Women Bike
League of American Bicyclists
carolyn@bikeleague.org
Janette Sadik-Khan Added to National Women's Bicycling Forum 
New York City is in the midst of a bicycling renaissance, thanks in no small part to Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan (pictured). With innovative facilities and soon-to-be-launched bike share system, the Big Apple is doing big things to get more people on bikes.

On March 4, Sadik-Khan, one the top female transportation professionals in the country, will share her vision and leadership at the National Women's Bicycling Forum.

 

With a theme of "Women Mean Business," the Forum will showcase female leaders and entrepreneurs in the bicycle industry and highlight the economic impact and rising influence of women in the bicycle movement. As our closing keynote, Sadik-Khan will speak about her professional rise to DOT Commissioner and her  thoughts on engaging more women in bicycling. 

See the full Forum schedule and register here.
Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth to Keynote Women's Bicycling Forum 

When Tammy Duckworth wanted to show her constituents that she was ready and determined to serve in Congress, she hopped on her bicycle -- her hand-cranked bicycle.  

 

In 2004, Duckworth lost both her legs when the Blackhawk helicopter she was piloting was shot down in Iraq, but, in one of her campaign ads last summer, she used her pedal power to show her commitment to "go the extra mile" for working families in Illinois' 8th District. "This is how I get my cardiovascular fitness," she told the Schaumberg Bicycle Club, when she joined them for a ride this summer. "I love riding." 

 

In November, Duckworth won her race -- and we couldn't be more honored that the Congresswoman will join us as the luncheon keynote at the National Women's Bicycling Forum. Read more

Save Room in your Suitcase: Pop-up Shop Vendors Announced
From designer rain capes to handmade steel bikes, creative entrepreneurs are paving the way -- even rolling out the red carpet -- to get more women riding. With a theme of Women Mean Business, we wanted to showcase as many of these female leaders as we could at the National Women's Bicycling Forum. We're delighted to announce the diverse lineup of vendors for our Women Bike Pop-up Shop, including Vaya Bags, Vespertine, GiveLoveCycle, Iva Jean (vests pictured above) and more. Click here to see the full list.
Party with WABA and Women Bike on Sunday Night!
The Women's Forum starts at 9 a.m. on Monday (March 4), but we'll get geared up for a great week on Sunday evening (March 3), thanks to our partners at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Black Women Bike DC.

At 6:30 p.m., we'll stretch our legs and meet new friends with a social ride led by Black Women Bike. Then, at 8 p.m., we'll help launch the WABA Women & Bicycles campaign with a party at Busboys and Poets, featuring special guest Elly Blue (pictured) and plenty of time for networking. Learn more and register!
After the Forum, Stay for the Summit
The Women's Forum is just the start of the biggest bike 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 Summit unites the voices of bicyclists 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 from advocates and industry across the country -- and hang out with fellow bike enthusiasts in the nation's capital!

 Learn more and register today.   
Free Childcare At the Women's Forum
Women Bike is 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.

Please sign up for the Forum and note your need for childcare in the registration by February 22, so we can plan accordingly. Additional questions? Contact me: carolyn@bikeleague.org.  
The Economic Impact of Women Bicyclists

There's growing evidence that women hold the purse strings when it comes to the future success of the bike industry. In preparation for the Women Mean Business theme for the National Women's Bicycling Forum, we'll explore the results of the American Bicyclist Study with authors Elliot Gluskin and Jay Townley -- and understand the "Economic Impact of Women Bicyclists" on the current, and even more exciting, the future of the bike movement. Register here! (Photo by Nona Varnado) 

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Header photo: Participants at the National Women's Bicycling Summit, by Maureen McGinnisg
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Meet the Forum Speakers

Jenna Burton, Founder of Red, Bike & Green 
"As soon as I got a bike, I found myself trying to find my place in the bike community. During a conversation with another African American on a ride, he mentioned not being able to find a group of black people to ride with when he first moved out here. That was the spark. After that, I started looking for black people to ride with. Since there wasn't an organized group, I decided to start one."  Read more.

Martina Fahrner, co-founder of Clever Cycles in Portland
"Amazingly enough, convincing people to put their kids on bikes was the smallest of all our challenges. So many people had seen our bikes in Europe. Other parents who used to be bicyclists before having kids, just wanted to get back to riding. I still feel challenged by the gaps in the American product palette. I see tremendous opportunities and under-served markets. I hope that I can help in my own ways to close them.."  Read more.

Taliah Lempert, Bicycle Paintings   
"I want to convey the beauty in people and bikes. I love how cycling is such an uplifting thing, that we harness our own energy to move forward. It's a powerful symbol, not just for riding a bike but for living well. I love that each bike I paint is unique and exists in its current form because of a specific person -- and that it's also a universal icon." Read more.

Carmelita Sams, Women & Trans Open Shop organizer, West Town Bikes


Nicole Preston, Tour de Cure, American Diabetes Assoc. 
"Cause events play a huge role because they bring people into cycling who weren't riding. Like so many things the hurdle is getting started, just getting back on the bike.  The cause provides the motivation and the camaraderie with others to get people out on the bike. Then once they're out there, most are hooked and they keep riding." Read more

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

Power in Numbers

60 percent
The share of bicycle owners aged 18-27 who are women, according to the 2012 American Bicyclist Survey. Learn more on our upcoming webinar.

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