Do You Pedal Professionally?

Pedaling Professionally

L to R: Moderator Malaika Abernathy with panelists Delores Simmons, Harriet Tregoning, Keya Chatterjee, and Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton

Last night, women packed the Petworth library for our Pedaling Professionally panel, held jointly with Black Women Bike DC,Capital Spokeswomen, and WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program.

The panel, moderated by the D.C. Office of Planning’s Malaika Abernathy, included Harriet Tregoning of the Office of Planning; Keya Chatterjee of the World Wildlife Fund and the WABA Board; Delores Simmons of the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia; and Elizabeth Brooks Lyttleton, mom of three, utlitarian cyclist extraordinaire, and WABA Roll Model. Pedaling Professionally was designed to address concerns like those raised in a post on Office of Planning’s blog written by Malaika.

Panelists—all of whom identified as, at least, bike commuters—capably addressed questions about how to maintain appearances in hair and clothes before, during, and after biking to professional events; biking at night; whether to take the lane (the answer is yes!); biking while on your period or breastfeeding; and how to be safe when drivers, pedestrians, and other cyclists can create precarious traffic situations.

The conversation continued long after the panel’s conclusion at Looking Glass Lounge. We hope Pedaling Professionally attendees are now better equipped to handle some of the challenges raised by bike commuting to work and are thrilled with last night’s turnout.

For a full rundown of the panelists and background information on the panel, see this post.

The Storify below the jump gives a considerable summary of the panel, but check the #womenbike hashtag on Twitter for more.

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Buy Tickets Now for Tomorrow’s Dinner & Bikes

Tomorrow night, noted bike activist Elly Blue, author of Taking the Lane zine, will present Dinner & Bikes along with Joshua Ploeg and Joe Biel. This is the first time that Dinner & Bikes, a somewhat regular touring event, will visit Washington, D.C. Dinner & Bikes is on Tues., May 21 at All Souls Unitarian Church. Tickets are $20.

Attendees will enjoy a gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet by Joshua Ploeg while participating in an interactive presentation about transportation equity by Elly Blue—followed by a near-complete excerpt from Joe Biel’s forthcoming documentary Aftermass, a history of bicycle activism in Portland. After, we’ll have some time to purchase books and get them signed at the Tour’s traveling food- and bicycle-themed pop-up bookstore.

This year’s stop in D.C. is sponsored by the Capital Spokeswomen and WABA’s Women & Bicycles program, who are the beneficiaries of the evening.

For more information and to purchase tickets, go here.