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We got a press release a few days ago about an upcoming event that should be very enlightening:

For Immediate Release

Contact: Carolyn Szczepanski, League of American Bicyclists
(202) 822-1333, Carolyn@BikeLeague.org

Women’s Summit to Tackle Gender Disparity in Bicycling

National event will gather leaders and galvanize action to get more women riding

Washington, D.C. – July 23, 2012 – Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, will keynote the first-ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit on September 13, 2012 in Long Beach, California.
Speaking about how the bicycle can inspire both personal and cultural revolutions, Day will set the stage for an event aimed at increasing the number of women who ride bikes and empowering female leadership at all levels of the bicycle movement.

In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of all U.S. bike trips. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the National Women’s Bicycling Summit will provide a unique opportunity to network, share best practices and develop action steps to close the gender gap in American bicycling.

“This event will be a powerful opportunity to learn from each other, build a network of female leaders from coast to coast, and work toward 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,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, communications director for the League of American Bicyclists.

The Summit will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center, immediately following the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference, from 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. on September 13.

In addition to the keynote address, the Summit will feature six break-out sessions, including media, diversity and car-free families. Speakers will include:

Dotsie Bausch, Olympic track cyclist
Elly Blue, writer/speaker, Taking the Lane
Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, Ride in Living Color
Emily Finch, Car-free mother of six
Kristin Gavin, founder, Gearing Up
Mia Kohout, publisher, Momentum magazine
Allison Mannos, co-founder, Multicultural Communities for Mobility
Ovarian Psychos women’s bike brigade
Staff and youth leaders from Recycle-A-Bicycle
and many others…
The Women’s Summit will also include the “Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future” urban bike fashion show, hosted by Women On Bikes SoCal and inspired by Mikael Colville-Andersen, founder of Copenhaganize.com and the world-wide Cycle Chic movement. Colville-Andersen will be a special guest at show.

“We’re so delighted to pay homage to Mikael, and the influential place the bike holds right now as a design and fashion darling,” said Melissa Balmer, Editor/Initiative Director for Women On Bikes SoCal. “We hope both the Summit and the fashion show will inspire more women to become active participants in the crucial movement of bicycle advocacy.”

Tickets for the Summit (open to women and men) are $35 and registration is now live. Click here to sign up!

Scholarships are available for women with financial need: For more information, contact Carolyn Szczepanski at carolyn@bikeleague.org.

Visit www.bikeleague.org/conferences/women for additional details and updates. Learn about the Cycle Chic fashion show at www.womenonbikessocal.org.

You may remember that our own Elizabeth Adamczyk attended this year’s National Bike Summit, and also attended the Women In Cycling Forum. It looks like the National Women’s Bicycling Summit will build on some of the topics discussed at that forum back in March.