Women Bike funding
Women Bike Grants & Toolkits
One of the goals of the Women Bike program is to seed, support and spread the best campaigns and ideas that are getting more women on bikes.
Whether it’s a new outreach strategy or a first-of-its-kind event, we know female-focused efforts are breaking ground and expanding rapidly across the country. Through our mini-grant program, we aim to ensure that sure the best ideas take root and serve as examples for the rest of the nation.
With a focus on grassroots advocacy, our mini-grants lift up pilot and promising advances in women’s bicycling outreach and engagement, sharing effective strategies, programs and materials to inform and be utilized by others. At the end of their funding cycle, each of our grant recipients creates an Advocacy Tool Kit so YOU can learn from their successes and challenges -- and even put their programs into effect in your community.
Read more about our grant recipients, and download available advocacy tool kits, below.
With $3,000 in mini-grants in 2014, the League will support new and growing programs to engage young women in bicycling, encourage more moms to ride and advance female leadership in the bike movement. The recipient organizations and projects in this round of Women Bike mini-grants include:
Bike Easy and NOLA Women on Bikes' goal is to increase representation of women from diverse backgrounds in the bicycling community while cultivating paid leadership opportunities for youth in New Orleans. "The Youth Spokeswomen Mentorship is a ground-breaking partnership program in New Orleans that offers leadership skills and valuable paid work experience within a bicycle-related business," says Naomi Doerner, executive director of Bike Easy. "By specifically giving this opportunity to a young woman, it will also help to increase representation of women in the bicycle industry, where there is a significant gender gap, especially for women of color. The Youth Spokeswomen Mentorship is our way of creating opportunities for talented young women to make an impact in our vibrant city, increasing youth employment, and creating a more equitable and representative bicycle and active transportation advocacy community in New Orleans."
For years, Bike Works has been a leader in building sustainable communities in the Seattle area by educating youth and promoting bicycling though programs, workshops and partnerships. "One of our partnerships is with Familybike Seattle, an organization that encourages families to find the appropriate bikes to transport their families to and from school, the grocery store, parks and all needed destinations," says Deb Salls, executive director of Bike Works. "We know many trips taken by car are 3 miles or less -- and we know that if people feel confident and well-equipped they'll be more likely to take those trips by bike. Our Family Bike expos and seminars help families gain those skills and find the right equipment for their family's needs."
West Town Bikes (Chicago)
Girls Bike Club
An inspiration at the Youth Bike Summit over the past several years, the young women of West Town Bikes are creating a model for truly youth-led, female-oriented presence in the traditionally male-dominated bike shop space. "West Town Bikes' Girls Bike Club is changing the perception of biking in their community and getting more of their peers to hop on a bike for fun, building life skills and developing relationships with friends and their community," says Alex Wilson, executive director of West Town Bikes. "Girls Bike Club was created by a group of female high school students participating in a summer apprenticeship who began meeting every week to form their own unique group. Creating a welcoming space within the often male-dominated shop atmosphere, the young women of color plan rides together, make jewelry from bike parts and even have time set aside for homework help -- not only creating friendships, but also cultivating healthy lifestyles and job skills along the way."
Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition + Multicultural Communities for Mobility
Growing Allies for Bike/Ped through Women's Leadership
A new, joint initiative of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and Multicultural Communities for Mobility, this pilot program will increase women's capacity to become community leaders by giving them a basic understanding of public policy; the relationship between biking, health, family and community; and the importance of coalitions for providing the support needed to do this work. Workshops will cover the role of biking in public health; smart riding skills and commuting basics; social media/effective marketing; and coalitions and advocates' impact on policy. "This project will reach out to women to tap into their abilities to create positive change in the bicycling community and empower them to take steps that will lead to action," says LACBC's Daniella Alcedo. "These bike rides, workshops and social events will help make civic engagement and advocacy participation more inviting and accessible to women who may not have been interested in or familiar with work related to advancing bicycle programs in the community and at the state level," adds MCM's Maria Sipin.
2013 Grants & Toolkits
Washington Area Bicyclist Association
Women & Bicycles Campaign
Women & Bicycles is encouragement-based: 10 Roll Models are identified, then asked to tap into their personal networks to loop in women who might be hesitant to ride a bike for transportation. A series of small social gatherings hosted by Roll Models and practical-skill workshops and group rides run by WABA engage Women & Bicycles participants and provide them with all the resources they need to bike confidently in the D.C. area.
- Women & Bicycles Toolkit: Step-by-step guide to starting a similar initiative
- Women & Bicycles workbook: Given out to participants as a primer on bicycling
- Webinar explaining the program, presented by intiative creator, Nelle Pierson
Women Bike PHL (Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia)
Girl Scouts on Wheels
The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Women Bike PHL campaign is working to get more women and girls on bikes in Philadelphia. Their innovative “Girl Scouts on Wheels” project developed curriculum and programming to produce and promote a bicycling patch for area girl scouts. “I was a Girl Scout for 10 years, and know from experience what a positive impact that organization has on youth,” says Katie Monroe, Women Bike PHL coordinator. “If we’re serious about getting more women riding, we need to start young — and Girl Scouts seemed like the perfect platform for educating and inspiring girls to get pedaling. It’s also a powerful national network, so ideally this partnership between bike advocates and Girl Scouts could be replicated around the country.”
- Girl Scouts on Wheels Toolkit: Step-by-step guide to starting a similar program
- Bike Patch Curriculum
- Webinar explaining the program, presented by initiative creator, Katie Monroe
Marin County Bicycle Coalition’s Women on Wheels was developed in 2011 to provide classes for women to ride together and provide other shared information. “The classes are designed to help women gain the confidence and skills they need to ride a bicycle for errands, to get their children to school or for recreation,” says MCBC’s Wendi Kallins. “With this grant, we’ll be able to offer these classes in the low income, predominantly Hispanic neighborhood of the Canal area of San Rafael and make the curriculum for Spanish-speaking women available to other communities around the country.” Learn more about Women On Wheels.
WE Bike NYC
Engaging Latina Women Through Bilingual Outreach and Resources
Breaking down barriers for women cyclists, WE Bike NYC realizes the importance of creating a space where new riders feel welcome and understood. “Engaging Latina women is done by creating accessible resources where these women can literally and figuratively see themselves — or people who look like them,” says Liz Jose, a bilingual organizer and founder of the group. “Our goal with this grant is to create outreach and educational materials in print and online that encourage Latina women to join the bicycle movement. By compiling existing Spanish language resources as well as creating new, downloadable documents, the work created under this grant will create a model for language inclusiveness for groups across the country, as well as materials such as a Spanish-language 'Fix-A-Flat' book featuring Latina women and a Spanish-language 'Club Pack' that can be used to begin work in local communities.” Learn more about WE Bike NYC.
- Mujeres en Movimiento Toolkit: Step-by-step guide to starting a similar program
- Webinar explaining the program, presented by initiative creator, Liz Jose
We Are All Mechanics
A women-owned and operated initiative since 2003, We are All Mechanics has been teaching bicycle maintenance courses to women in the Madison-area community for 10 years. The grant from the League will enable us to offer scholarships to women who would otherwise not be able to participate in our Basic Bicycle Maintenance Course,” says Ali Dwyer, a co-founder of WAAM. “Participants in our Basic Course report that they are excited to share what they know with others, and they report riding more often, for more reasons, and with more confidence after taking our course. Our successful program, and our original materials will serve as a model for other programs and bicycle educators.” Learn more about We Are All Mechanics.
Toolkit coming soon