|Diana Owens Steif and Katie Monroe riding Capital Bikeshare bicycles in the Black Women Bike DC ride|
The women at the National Women’s Bicycling Forum came from rural and urban backgrounds, from established advocacy groups and grassroots movements, from academia, advocacy, and the art world. A few of the many who stirred my mind and heart:
- Black Women Bike DC grew from a just a few Twitter followers to a bike club over 700 strong in less than two years, because of the vision and leadership of Veronica Davis. BWBDC led a bike ride through the city on Sunday -- I had so much fun pedaling past the Washington Monument on my shiny red Capital Bikeshare bike!
- Liz Jose is the founder of WE Bike NYC, a women’s bicycle club that operates in all five boroughs, offering social rides, mechanics workshops, training rides, and more to grow NYC’s community of women bicyclists.
- Under the leadership of Nelle Pierson, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association just launched a peer-to-peer mentorship program designed to transfer the enthusiasm and practical knowledge necessary to ride a bicycle from woman to woman.
- Finishing up an anthropology PhD dissertation about social justice in bicycling, Adonia Lugo is building new and useful academic knowledge for the bicycle movement to use -- rooted in her own real-world advocacy experience in Los Angeles and Seattle.
- Harrisonburg, VA is lucky to have Suzi Carter working to build a biking and walking path called the Northend Greenway through her town. Harrisonburg has made dramatic improvements in bicycling infrastructure in recent years, a reminder that bicycling isn't just about big cities.
- One of the rock stars of the event, New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has crafted innovative streetscapes that are safer for everyone under Mayor Bloomberg -- including 200 miles of new bike lanes in three years!
Every moment of yesterday’s National Women’s Bicycle Forum -- from the keynote speakers to the conversations in the hallways -- buzzed with the excitement of a movement diversifying. Stay tuned tomorrow to learn how the Bicycle Coalition plans to help more Philadelphia women start bicycling!