Women Can Change the World Through Cycling

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Last year, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals jumpstarted a key discussion within the movement with its Women Cycling Project.

In early 2010, more than 11,000 American women responded to APBP’s public survey, which gathered information on how much women ride, the barriers that keep them from pedaling and much more. Though the effort wasn’t a scientific survey, it yielded plenty of interesting and actionable data, including thousands of responses to open-ended questions like, “What would cause you to start or increase your cycling?” 

This week, APBP will release new insight and continue to explore this important topic with a free webinar: “Women Can Change the World Through Cycling.”

According to APBP: “This webinar builds on last year’s session, “Writing Women Back into Bicycling.” Five speakers offer compelling insights about cycling projects run by inspiring women, illuminate what women told APBP they want in a cycling environment, and suggest best practices to help you make a difference in your community. Don’t miss the stories of some of the wonderful women leading the cycling movement, and results of APBP’s 2010 survey on Women Cycling. APBP encourages individuals to gather colleagues and friends together to watch the webinar and discuss and plan afterwards. Build your team. Check out the Women Cycling Project here.”

Presenters include:

  • Andrea Garland, Alta Planning + Design, presents women’s viewpoints on three of the open-ended questions from the 2010 Women Cycling survey: “What would cause you to start or increase your cycling?”, “What reaction do you get when cycling for transportation?” and “Why do you use your bicycle for trips?”
  • Kristin Gavin founded the Gearing Up program in Philadelphia, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide women in transition from drug and alcohol addiction, domestic violence and/or homelessness with the skills, equipment and guidance to safely ride a bicycle for exercise, transportation and personal growth.
  • Fionnuala Quinn, PE, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, offers up a brief history of APBP’s Women Cycling Project which she helped to inspire, points to resources we can use, and suggests next steps for the project.
  • Anna Sibley, Masters in Public Health candidate at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, summaries the results of the 2010 APBP Women Cycling Project and survey.
  • Carolyn Szczepanski, Communications Coordinator, Alliance for Biking & Walking, and columnist for Bicycle Times magazine, profiles some of the women leading the bicycling movement. Her talk is inspired by Fifteen Women Who Rule the Biking World.

Free Webinar: Women Can Change the World through Cycling

Wednesday, March 30, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT