Empowering and Encouraging More Women to Ride! (Hosted by the League and Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals)
Across North America, there are two revolutions afoot.
On a grand scale, bicycling is making a move into the mainstream, from the painting of bike lanes on iconic avenues to the placement of bicycles in all forms of advertising. Look closer, though, and there’s another transformation within the movement itself: Whether avid cyclists or simply bike-curious, more and more women are getting engaged.
But we still have a long way to go.
In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of all U.S. bike trips — and there’s no silver bullet to propel us to gender equity. That’s why the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals are hosting the National Women’s Bicycling Summit, on September 13 in Long Beach, Calif.
There’s tremendous momentum and energy to get more women riding; we need to harness our collective knowledge, build a network of female leaders and start working on targeted solutions.
The Summit will provide a unique opportunity for everyday bicyclists and bicycle professionals to network, share best practices and develop action steps to get more women in YOUR community out riding. It will provide the space for us to put our helmets together and create a bike future where women don't account for just 24 percent of bike trips but are equally represented on the streets and in the movement.
Learn more at www.bikeleague.org/conferences/women
We want to ensure that women from all economic backgrounds have the opportunity to share their experiences and bring their unique insight to this important discussion. Your contribution to the Summit will help us provide scholarships and travel stipends to women in need of financial assistance. A portion of your donation will also benefit women internationally; Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, will be our keynote speaker and we've pledged to donate at least 5 bicycles ($700+) to empower girls and women in developing countries.
Even if you can't attend, the Summit will benefit you, too. Your donation will help us share ideas and information through a new website and free webinars. In each of the six sessions at the Summit -- on topics like media, diversity and youth engagement -- we'll identify specific next steps that will shape and propel our continued efforts on women's cycling here at the League.
Please support the Women’s Bicycling Summit with your contribution and share this message with all of your friends and family!
Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Director, League of American Bicyclists
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