Making bicycling more accessible for women in Pittsburgh
BikePGH’s Women & Biking Program works to encourage more women of all ages and backgrounds to incorporate bicycling into their lives. By opening the discussion about women’s lived experiences and challenges, we can assess how to better provide support and resources for women who want to ride bicycles in Pittsburgh.
The 2nd Annual Pittsburgh Women & Biking Forum
Pedaling Together – Share Skills, Build Community
Presented by BikePGH and Carnegie Mellon University
Saturday, March 28th 2015 from 10am – 3pm
Carnegie Mellon University, Porter Hall 100, Frew St., Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (Across from Flagstaff Hill) [map]
Monica Garrison is a Pittsburgh resident and the creator of a national movement. She is the founder of BlackGirlsDoBike.com, a website with over 4,000 followers that is committed to growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. Monica works to help women of color meet up with other women in their cities to share, ask, organize, and engage in their bicycling communities. Black Girls Do Bike shares positive images of ladies and their bikes on the web answering the question, “Do black girls bike?” with a resounding, “Yes!”
Ren Barger is the founder and CEO of Tulsa Hub in Tulsa Oklahoma, and also the Keynote speaker at this year’s National Women and Biking Forum! In 2004 Ren was hit and badly injured by a motorist; this experience galvanized her commitment to active-transportation, safety education, and equity promotion for all users of the roadway, and resulted in ongoing analysis of the built environment “from the gutter up–” not to mention the inherent prejudices within the concept of “normal.” She founded Tulsa Hub in 2008 as a volunteer-powered social business which offers low-or-no-cost reconditioned bikes and gear to indigent adults in need of transportation to achieve improved autonomy.
- Getting to know your bike: Diagnosing that squeak and fixing a flat in a pinch.
- Traversing the Trails: Favorite routes for fun or commuting, navigating the conditions, and trail etiquette for not being a jag.
- The Power of Women: From street harassment to riding alone, telling our stories as a tool for change.
Lunch: 12:15pm -1:15pm
- Getting around on your bike – Low-cost tips & tricks for carrying your stuff & arriving comfortably.
- Tagalongs, Trailers & Training Wheels – A discussion of different gear options for safely bringing the kids along on your ride.
- Responding to Bikelash – Talking with your neighbors and co-workers when they claim that their taxes paid for your bike lanes (and other myths and misconceptions).
Closing: 2:45pm – 3:00pm
Casual ride (optional): 4:00pm
We’re thrilled to have two incredible women join us to talk about their work within the bicycling community and experiences as women who ride.
BikePGH thanks the following people and corporations for their generous support of the 2nd Annual Women and Biking Forum:
Here are some more programs around the country getting women on bikes!
• Women Bike by the League of American Bicyclists
• Black Girls Do Bike – Started here in Pgh and now has chapters nationally
• Women Bike PHL
• WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program
• WE Bike NYC
• Black Women Bike: DC
• Echo in the City – women’s biking blog of comics and commentary
Purchase a hand bound Pittsburgh Women & Biking Zine Issue 1 and 2 to hear some local perspectives at shop.bikepgh.org! Check out some great resources and learn more about our Women & Biking Zine Nights and other events below.