What’s a Roll Model?
Women & Bicycles Roll Models are peer-to-peer mentors who know bicycling, and want to share their knowledge and excitement with new and less confident riders. They are experts of their own experience, and want to help other women become comfortable on two wheels. At a Roll Model meet-up, new women riders (called protégés) learn the basics of riding in a fun, welcoming environment. The Roll Model leading the meet-up will review the parts of a bike, different types of bikes, what to wear to stay comfortable, tips for riding in traffic, and selecting the best route. Many protégés and Roll Models have gone on to take City Cycling classes together, along with WABA Signature rides and Women & Bicycles events. Last year, Roll Models helped protégés:
- Learn the best routes to ride to commute to work in DC;
- Figure out new bicycles, and how to put them on a car-mounted rack;
- Decide how to set up their bikes to carry spare clothes;
- Go on their first big ride! Protégés and their Roll Models attended the Strong Women Ride, the Seagull Century, the 50 States Ride, the Cider ride, several City Cycling classes, the Lighting the Way Community Ride, and more!