Women & Bicycles is WABA's outreach program designed to get more women in the D.C. area on bikes. It is based on 10 Roll Models, selected by WABA, reaching out to 10 women in their personal networks who don't bike to encourage and inspire them to ride for transportation. For specifics on the program, scroll down.
Women & Bicycles is generously supported by the League of American Bicycles and WABA's donors.
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Meetups, hosted by Roll Models, are the first stage of Women & Bicycles' community-based approach to getting women on bikes. Meetups are informal, relaxed discussions held at a location selected by a Roll Model for their 10 mentees. At a meetup, there's plenty of time to socialize, but Roll Models are tasked with moving the conversation topic toward bikes. Roll Models facilitate discussions and share their knowledge and experience, while attendees are given an intimate, casual space to ask questions that they might otherwise keep to themselves. Meetups are graciously sponsored by Chipotle (Women & Bicycles loves burritos!).
Women & Bicycles Roll Models, their mentees, and anyone else interested in getting involved with the program are welcome to attend scheduled rides and workshops. Meetups are for Roll Models and their mentees, but rides and workshops are for everyone! Rides move at a slow pace and are intended to be skillshare opportunities. Workshops will be held throughout the region and are opportunities to explore specific issues. Rides and workshops are advertised on the Women & Bicycles Facebook group and added to the program's calendar.
The Women & Bicycles workbook, "The Ins and Outs of Bicycling," is the primary resource for the program. The workbook presents basic bike information and women-specific tips, addressing the different types of bicycles, explaining do-it-yourself maintenance, busting bike myths, and giving suggestions on how to make biking look good.
If you'd like a copy of the workbook or would like to plan your own Women & Bicyles-style meetup with friends and family, please fill out this request form. We'll send you a PDF version of the workbook and our facilitators' guide.
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In the spring of 2013, WABA launched Women & Bicycles, an outreach and education program geared to get more women on bikes. Read the Washington Post on Women & Bicycles.
There's enough evidence that not enough women in the D.C. area ride bikes. Instead of speculating further on what’s discouraging women from biking, we’ve created a program centered on peer-to-peer encouragement, information, and experience through events.
Check out the WABA Blog to read posts on Women & Bicycles. Join the Facebook group and sign up for the Women & Bicycles bulletin via the form above.
Do you have more questions about WABA's Women & Bicycles program? Contact WABA Outreach Coordinator Nelle Pierson at (202) 518-0524 x202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Women & Bicycles program's 2013 funding comes from the generous donations of WABA members and a grant fromm Women Bike. Women Bike is the League of American Bicyclists' initiative to close the gender gap in bicycling in the United States. To learn more about the League and Women Bike, visit this page.