April 1, 2013

Spring is here and we're riding high on the incredible momentum from the National Women's Bicycling Forum. With more than 350 participants, nearly 30 speakers, and 20 Pop-up Shop vendors, our second event inspired and informed folks to get more women riding in their communities.
Click the image for more pictures from the Forum photo booth!
But what's next? How do we channel this energy into action -- especially with National Bike Month coming up in May? We have a number of ways for you to get engaged in Women Bike and take action in your community:
Encourage your friends, family and fellow riders to join the Women Bike movement by subscribing to our E-news and joining our community on Facebook and Twitter. And don't hesitate to contact us with your ideas, suggestions -- and local successes!

Carolyn Szczepanski
Director of Communications, Women Bike
League of American Bicyclists
carolyn@bikeleague.org, (202) 621-5452
Funding opportunity: apply for a mini-grant

Last month, the League was delighted to help launch the Washington Area Bicyclist Association's new "Women & Bicycles" campaign with a $15,000 grant. With small social gatherings hosted by Roll Models and practical-skills workshops and group rides, WABA's innovative initiative will engage and provide resources to women in the D.C. area - and, we're confident, serve as a model for other advocacy organizations nationwide. (Stay tuned for much more on this effort soon!)

But that's not all! In celebration of the launch of the Women Bike program, the League is also awarding $5,000 in mini-grants! The goal of our new Growth Fund is to seed, support and spread campaigns and ideas that are getting more women on bikes. Whether it's an innovative outreach strategy or a first-of-its-kind event, we know great ideas and efforts are breaking ground across the country -- and we want to make sure the best efforts take root and serves as examples for the rest of the nation. Learn more and apply by April 15th!

Photo: WABA Women & Bicycles launch party, credit Brian Palmer 
share your efforts: women & Equity survey
Through our Women Bike program and the new Equity Advisory Council, the League is committed to changing the face of bicycle advocacy. To inform this effort, we need your input to identify initiatives related to equity and women around the country and understand what resources would be helpful to YOU as we move forward with this critical work. Please take just a few moments to complete our Women & Equity Survey by April 12! We look forward to learning more about and sharing your successes with other advocates across the country! (Photo: Eboni Hawkins, of Red, Bike & Green - Chicago, is a member of the League's Equity Advisory Council. Credit: Brian Palmer)
We Ride together: register for cyclofemme
What can you do to get more women riding during National Bike Month this May? Organize or participate in a CycloFemme ride in your area! With the inspiring statement "We Ride Together," CycloFemme is creating a unified voice for women's cycling by building a tribe of riders who recognize the need to empower one another and build a supportive community. Last year, more than 160 events were held across the globe and registration is now open for 2013! Click here to learn more and get involved -- and stay tuned for more on the League blog!
Build community: national bike challenge
For Heather Towers, the National Bike Challenge was transformational. In 2012, the friendly, online competition was just the encouragement and support she needed to start riding. Not only did Towers lose weight -- she gained new friends and became an advocate for better biking in her community. "Cycling is liberating and exciting; every day brings a new adventure," she said. "I absolutely love the camaraderie of the Challenge and I would not be doing as well as I am today without this group dynamic." Engage women in your community by creating a team for the 2013 Challenge or using the free, easy-to-use platform to encourage friends to giving cycling a try. The 2013 competition kick off May 1; learn more, access organizer resources and register today! (Photo: Heather Towers having a ball at the National Women's Bicycling Forum)
learn more: getting more moms on bikes
Whether running errands or shuttling kids, women often face additional considerations when it comes to getting around by bike. Join us for our next Women Bike webinar, April 11, from 3:00 - 4:15 p.m. EDT, as we discuss "Getting More Moms and Families on Bikes" with:
  • Megan Odett, founder of Kidical Mass DC and creator of the National Family Biking Survey 
  • Kit Hodge, Deputy Director for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and the creator of the organization's "Family Biking Guide"; and  
  • Martina Fahrner, co-founder of Clever Cycles in Portland, Ore., which specifically caters to family transportation needs   

Click here to register! (Photo by Leslie Bloom) 

Get inspirED: Women's (Bike) History series
In honor of Women's History Month in March, we explored the impact of women in the history of the bike movement. With a number of guest posts from authors and advocates, we showcased incredible athletes (Tillie Anderson), trailblazing civil rights' advocates (Kittie Knox- pictured), media leaders (Amy Walker), humanitarian heroes (Shannon Galpin), visionaries of the modern movement (Deb Hubsmith) and more. Read all of our women's (bike) history month profiles here 
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Women's Forum

As a cycling activist for more than 30 years, I was impressed with the variety of women, types of cycling and just the number of women there. The forum made me feel vindicated for my efforts on behalf of all types of cyclists over the years -- not just those in Spandex who ride 25 mph!

I'm bringing ideas back to my community and looking at ways to remove barriers to biking for women, including some women's workshops for National Bike Month and a possible program to share child bike equipment so more moms/families can ride together.

I was incredibly inspired by Black Women Bike and Bike, Red and Green. I'm thinking about how I can work to support different communities within my region in overcoming barriers to biking.

I am humbled, inspired, and have a sense of urgency to get busy! I am the only full-time woman ever at my retailer, and I'm excited to put some of the ideas and stories that I heard into action here!

It was energizing to meet so many cool women doing interesting things. Twice I mentioned ideas I'd had to someone and they said, "We do that -- here's how!" and it suddenly seemed more possible.

Did you attend the Forum? Click here to share your feedback!

Women's Forum
recaps & Resources

Watch the luncheon keynote address from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)

Watch the closing keynote address from Janette Sadik- Khan, New York City Transportation Commissioner

Watch the engaging discussion between industry trailblazer Georgena Terry (pictured) and Sweetpea Bicycles' Natalie Ramsland

Megan Odett, Kidical Mass DC, on getting more moms and families on bikes

Jenna Burton (r), founder of Red, Bike & Green, on building black bike culture

Adonia Lugo, of Bicicultures, on bike justice and human infrastructure
Stay tuned for more recaps and resources on the Bike League blog!