Women & Bicycles is a new program coordinated through the Wisconsin Bike Fed and supported by Mayo Clinic Health System, in an effort to bring more women to bicycling as riders, leaders, and advocates.
We’ve reached out to our network of women and ask for volunteers to serve as Roll Models to encourage women to try riding who may not be riding for one reason or another. Women across Wisconsin are volunteering as Roll Models, offering gatherings in the formats of meetups, workshops, and group rides.
In La Crosse, rides, social conversations, and workshops have been successful. We have focused on new riders, creating events that will encourage everyone to feel welcome. Women enjoy learning from each other. The Fix a Flat Clinics have been very fruitful. We look forward to offering a basic maintenance clinic soon.
Cassandra Habel shares her enthusiasm in Madison and talks about her adventures.
The Women & Bicycles program has been off to a wonderful start in Madison! When approached to be a representative, I wanted to develop a cohesive way to bring together all of these fabulous resources we have in our city for women to get involved with cycling. Team Luna Chix have been around for roughly 6 years hosting no drop bike rides, clinics, and special events for women in Madison. I of course wanted to enlist their help and as well as the help of the existing Bike Fed staffers in the Madison office. My website/company, Spoke Haven, has also been a big part of promoting the program.
Together we have put together a monthly, hands on fix a flat clinic that is hosted at the Bike Fed’s office here in town. We’ve also promoted a monthly Taco Tuesday ride that happens the first Tuesday of the month. It’s a wonderful social ride for all levels of riders and allows us to not only get to know each other, but we also discuss ways for us to branch out, reach new riders, and talk about issues such as infrastructure projects that affect us as local cyclists.
We’ve recently launched a Facebook page dedicated to the Madison division of Women & Bicycles that allows us to share upcoming events, photos, and allows for women to openly discuss all aspects of cycling.
For our rides and events, we utilize the website Meetup.com. This allows us to keep track of event attendance, announce upcoming events that get automatically e-mail blasted to members, and allows us to have more control over who is attending rides. Our job is to great a safe, healthy, and positive riding experience for women. Having the ability to control who gains ride info for our events is key in making sure we can maintain that environment. Not that we don’t love the special men in our lives, we just want to make sure all women identified individuals know they can be a part of this unique group and just be themselves.
Another added benefit to the Women & Bicycles program is offering ride buddies for ladies who have interest in events such as charity rides or special ride events. So far this year we’ve had a group at the Bike for Boys & Girls Club ride, Ride 2 Recovery, Bike MS, the ACT Ride, Ride the Drive, and we’ll also have some ladies at the upcoming Chocolate Chase as well as the famed Tyranena Oktoberfest bike ride. So many women have said they would participate in these events more if they actually had a friend to ride with!
So far my work with the program has been really fun and fulfilling. I can’t wait to offer more workshops, training clinics, and special events for the ladies this winter. We’re also looking to continue to grow next year reaching more riders and offering up more ride options and opportunities for women to get on bikes!
In Oceola,The St. Croix Valley Region, Wendi Lindenmuth has enjoyed the network of women she has created. She has inspired women to ride together on mountain bikes, road bikes, share social conversations, join workshops, and inspired women to work on advocacy efforts. Wendi is overwhelmed by the number of women who appreciate been connected to other women who ride bicycles.
If you are looking for a group to join, check and see if there is a group close to you. Stay tuned, we will be expanding our program next year.
Women & Bicycles is a statewide program from the Wisconsin Bike Fed, empowering women across the state to ride.
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There will be water and possibly some coffee/sports drink available before the ride, but riders should make sure they’ve eaten before the event or bring along a snack that’s easy to eat on the bike.
We’ll be doing an extended Lake Monona Loop that takes us on a combination of bike paths and roads through some of Madison’s best lake front neighborhoods and parks.
This ride is very beginner friendly and we encourage everyone to bring a friend! We have a no rider left behind policy.
There will be a post ride gathering at Chrysalis where we’ll provide bike parking. There will be refreshments available to purchase supplied by the Froth House cafe. (pastries, veggies & hummus, and more)
Julia, the owner of Chrysalis will also be offering discounted salon services for all attendees. There will also be free use of the aqua massage table and some other pampering for after the ride, such as head massages with fresh herbs.
Qet Botanical Beauty’s full line of organic products will be on hand to demo.
A a raffle with items from Rapha, Yurbuds, Saris, Topeak, and some other fun businesses will also take place.
The ride itself is FREE, but you may want to bring some money for lunch if you stay for the festivities.
Parking is available on First Street, just up block from the building Chrysalis is based in (there’s a sign posted where the lot is located). There’s also extensive on street parking that will be FREE because the event is on a Sunday.
We’ll post more details as the event gets closer, but it should be a really fun time!
Rain or shine, we ride. No rider left behind. Bring a helmet, water bottle, and a lock!
On April 18th, 2013 join Team LUNA Chix – Madison Cycling for an evening of refreshments, silent auction, films, and fun. The UW Arboretum Visitor Center hosts our reception/silent auction with appetizers compliments of Liliana’s at 6 PM and the LUNAFEST program at 7 PM. All proceeds benefit Breast Cancer Fund and Breast Cancer Recovery of Madison.
LUNAFEST is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women. This season, our program of nine films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor – will travel to over 150 cities and screen in front of 20,000 people.
Tickets are available online at www.lunafest.org/madison and in person starting in March at
A Stone’s Throw (www.shopastonesthrow.com), Catalyst (www.catalystmadison.com), and Erehwon – Greenway Station. Tickets are $25 pre-sale and $30 at the door and include food, beverages, and films.
We strongly encourage advanced ticket purchases in order for our food sponsor Liliana’s to bring enough delicious refreshments! www.lilianasrestaurant.com
Please contact us with any questions or sponsorship inquiries.