In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of bicycle trips in the U.S. It’s time for that to change. That’s why the League launched Women Bike — the first national advocacy initiative to encourage, engage and elevate more women bicyclists in the United States. JOIN the movement! »
The goal of Women Bike is to get more women on bikes — riding on the streets of their communities and rising to leadership positions in the movement.
The popularity of bicycling is skyrocketing nationwide and interest among women is rising, too. More than 80 percent of American women have a positive view of bicyclists and two-thirds think their community would be a better place to live if riding a bike were safer and more comfortable (Princeton Survey Research Associates national poll, September 2012). Still, women are underrepresented in many aspects of the bicycle movement.
As the energy and interest to get more women on bike grows, we need to share our collective knowledge, build a network of female leaders and start working on targeted programs that put more women in the saddle and at the forefront of the movement. The purpose of Women Bike is to serve as a central source of information, inspiration and community.
To empower more women to bicycle and become engaged in the diverse leadership opportunities of the bicycle movement — as advocates, engineers, retailers, manufacturers and policy makers — through networking, knowledge sharing, resources and inspiration.
By 2050, American women will ride their bikes at the same rates as American men, for transportation, recreation and fitness.
Women Bike will...
- Bring together women bicyclists and leaders at key meetings like the National Bike Summit and Interbike
- Share stories, successes new ideas on women's bicycling through blogs, e-news, webinars and social media
- Become a clearinghouse for advocates, retailers, media and the public related to information on women and bicycling in the US
- Compile current resources and best practices related to engaging and elevating more women in bicycling — and create new resources for advocates, retailers and the public aimed at getting more women riding
- Encourage and support more women to become bicycle educators and League Cycling Instructors in their diverse communities
- Support local grassroots and important women cycling initiatives through technical assistance and micro-grants
- Work to increase and diversify media coverage and visibility of women bicyclists and bicycling leaders
- Support women’s leadership development and work to increase the prominence and recognition of women leaders in all aspects of the movement
- Build bridges between the bicycle movement and other women's issues, including health, parenting and social justice
- Melissa Balmer, Women on Bikes SoCal
- Elly Blue, Taking the Lane Media
- Mia Kohout, Momentum Magazine
- Karen Overton, Recycle-A-Bicycle
- Fionnuala Quinn, Alta Planning + Design / Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
- Caroline Samponaro, Transportation Alternatives
- Sarai Snyder, Girl Bike Love / Cyclofemme
- Gail Spann, League Board Chair
- Elysa Walk, Giant Bicycles
- Corinne Winter, Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition / League Board of Directors