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.
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 as riders and leaders 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.
Creating pathways for women of diverse backgrounds to embrace biking as an everyday activity that improve lives, and changes perspectives on how we move through our communities, our world and our lives.
To change the face of bicycling by getting more women on bikes and participating as riders, advocates and leaders to create strong communities and celebrate the joy of riding a bike.
- We believe in the power of women to create change.
- We believe that by uniting our efforts we are stronger.
- We believe that women should be equally represented in the industry, in advocacy and in retail.
- We believe biking should be accessible to women of all backgrounds.
- We believe the time is now.
Women Bike will...
- Become a clearinghouse of information, statistics, research, best practices and contacts related to women and bicycling
- Promote stories, successes, positive messaging and other communications around women and bicycling for those engaged in the bicycle movement — and wider media audiences
- Host national events that bring together those engaged in promoting and engaging more women in bicycling
- Work with local and state advocacy organizations and community bike shops to create new advocacy tools related to women and bicycling and develop more female leadership
- Create better, accessible gateways for women of all backgrounds to begin or increase their riding through education and safe spaces for learning
- Partner with leaders in retail and the bike industry to showcase the economic impact of women consumers and create more welcoming retails spaces and career paths for women
- Melissa Balmer, Women on Bikes SoCal
- Elly Blue, Taking the Lane Media
- Robin Bylenda, Spokeswomen
- Veronica Davis, Black Women Bike DC
- 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
- Susi Wunsch, Velojoy.com