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National Women’s Bicycling Summit coming in September

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.

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.