FREE Women Cycling webinar, Empowering Women to Bicycle for Transportation

A week after the the 2012 National Bike Summit gathered like-minded cyclists, especially women cyclists, for the first-ever National Women Cycling Forum, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals (APBP) is hosting a free webinar this afternoon – Wednesday, March 28, 2012 from 3-4:30 p.m. (Eastern time).

Per the website, this FREE webinar is entitled the Women Cycling webinar, Empowering Women to Bicycle for Transportation and is today (Click here to register):

Since APBP inaugurated the Women Cycling Project in 2010, thousands of women have participated in the project. This year’s webinar highlights programs and approaches that encourage women to bicycle on a more regular basis. Learn about Cycles for Change, the Minneapolis program that educates and empowers women of various cultures to use bicycles as transportation, helping to build a sustainable environment and community; and Birmingham’s Magic City Cycle Chix, whose motto is “Building courage, confidence, and community…two wheels at a time” and whose mission is to encourage women to mountain bike. Stay tuned as we announce more speakers.

The webinar will also include a brief update on these topics:

Outcomes of the National Women Cycling Forum
Plans for the interactive Women Cycling website
Update on transportation legislation in Congress

The webinar is hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals and is sponsored by APBP and the Alliance for Biking & Walking.

Last Tuesday, I attended the first ever National Women Cycling Forum – a pre-Summit event intended to bring women together to discuss the disparity between men and women in cycling. The summary of the forum had announced that “Women still cycle at much lower rates than men in the United States — making up just 24 percent of bike trips in 2009. But that trend is shifting. We’re eager to learn from our peers, share our experiences and explore ideas to engage more women.”

Before I offer my own commentary, I’m curious about your thoughts – those of my fellow male and female bike commuters – on this topic. I wonder if your thoughts echo those of the ones I heard voiced in D.C. last week. Stay tuned, as I’ll be offering suggestions for action of what you can do to organize women in your own community.

Hope you can attend this afternoon’s webinar and hear more on this ever growing important topic.

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