It started with a conversation about a year and a half ago, when several of us shared a thought that had been troubling each of us. In our travels and on volunteer shifts doing CDOT bike traffic counts, we noticed that the percentage of women we saw among everyone we saw riding bikes on the street was very low, usually 25-30% or less. We started asking questions to discover the reasons why and brainstorming to develop ways to encourage more women to ride. That led to our first event a year ago and motivated us to continue.
Women Bike Chicago is holding its second annual Day of Dialogue and Demonstrations tomorrow, Saturday April 12. This year, it’s in a new location: Dvorak Park at 1119 W. Cullerton in Pilsen.
A wide spectrum of women and experiences will be represented. The event is exclusively for women presented by women. If you are a woman who would like to learn more about buying a suitable bike for you, using a bike for transportation, meeting other women to ride with, and more, we hope that you will join us on Saturday. Please share this info with other women who might be interested.
If you’re a guy, please encourage female family members, friends, co-workers or other women in your life to attend.
We’ve organized rides, social events and presentations since last year’s event, and we’re offering a slightly larger event this year. Child care is available for those who need it. The event is free, but we encourage you to make a donation if you’re able to help out with the costs of holding the event.
For a complete schedule and other info, click here.