Welcome Our New Women & Bicycles Coordinator—Betsy Tesi
Hello, awesome women of DC (and beyond)! I am excited and grateful and a little nervous to be taking the reins of WABA’s Women and Bicycles program as the new Coordinator. Women & Bicycles was started in 2013. In those days, WABA came to realize that fewer than 26% of the cyclists on our roads were women. There was plenty of space on the roads! Women & Bicycles was born to help us connect with, teach, and empower each other to conquer these roads. Since then, we’ve hosted a few hundred events, and our Facebook group has grown to over 5,000 women. You might want to know who I am and how I got into this whole bicycling thing. First off, the most important questions:
- Road bike? I ride a BMC that I call “The Badass Mountain Climber” for all the mountains I climbed on that thing in Oregon, where every ride was a hills ride. I love it to the ends of the earth and that is my over-25-miles bike.
- Commute? Yes, I bike commute year round, multimodal style. That means I use buses and trains as well as the bike, which is a folder bike named “Zelda”.
- Bike I most regret selling? My mountain bike. Sure it was too big, but it was fun.
- N+1 dream? a standard bike to which I could hook up a trailer so I could try to trailer-train my puppy.
- Where do you store all these? Mostly in my tiny apartment… together with my spouse’s bikes, one of which is technically a frame and which lives in the upper shelf of his side of the bedroom closet. Doesn’t everyone have a tri frame in their closet? No? Just us?