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Gender equity, biking, and walking – a successful Arch Women event!

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SEPTAW32Despite the stormy weather, 37 people came out to learn about gender equity, biking, and walking. Atomic Cowboy created a warm and inviting space for us, with snacks and beer abound to offer reprieve from the chilly rain.

Trailnet’s TravelGreen Coordinator Molly Pearson opened the evening by discussing findings by the League of American Bicyclists’ Women Bike initiative, focusing on the Five Cs – Comfort, Convenience, Consumer Products, Confidence, and Community.

SEPTAW23Urban designer Courtney Cushard discussed her expanding women’s group The Monthly Cycle. Faye Paige Edwards of GirlTrek addressed access to physical activity among women of color. Lastly, educator Leah Patriarco examined how street harassment affects if/how/when women choose to bike, walk, or take public transit.

Check out the slides below! Want to know more, or be put in touch with one of the presenters? Email Molly Pearson at molly@trailnet.org.

Molly Pearson, Arch Women: A Pedal-Powered Movement

Courtney Cushard – The Monthly Cycle

Faye Paige Edwards – GirlTrek/SheCycles

Leah Patriarco – Street Harassment and biking, walking, and transit

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a FUN women’s cycling event, check out The Diva Cup, hosted by The Monthly Cycle. Get your ticket now!

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THANK YOU to all who came out for Arch Women: A Pedal-Powered Movement! Stay tuned for more to come.

Arch Women: Celebrating and empowering women on two wheels

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June has been an eventful month for women on bikes!

On the 18th, Trailnet was pleased to present a highly successful Arch Women: Bicycle DIY Night! Eighteen women from all walks of life came out, rolled up their sleeves, and showed their bikes who’s boss. Local non-profit Perennial not only hosted the event, but also led us through bike-themed craft projects, including bike safety flags made out of felt and wire hangers, and carrying pouches to stash our essentials between destinations made from old sweaters and belts. On the other side of the room, lady mechanics from the Trek Bicycle Stores of St. Louis walked us through how to change a flat tire and how to keep our bikes squeaky clean.

To round out our hands-on activities, Trailnet also brought our demo MetroBus rack so everyone could take a shot at loading their bike onto a bus– all who tried it agreed it’s a snap! Someone even said, “So… That’s it? Really?!”

To top it all off, we enjoyed snacks catered from Lulu’s Local Eatery, as well as beer and wine.

A week later on the 25th, the Ballwin Trek store hosted a Ladies’ Night, featuring women’s clothing, products, apparel, and even held a raffle for a brand new racing kit. Trailnet was there, serving up margaritas fresh from the bike-powered blender.

Mark your calendars now for our September 10th event–Arch Women: A Pedal-Powered Movement. We’ll be discussing bicycling, equity, and the barriers women experience when it comes to active transportation– and what we can do to eliminate them.

 

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Free Weekly Women’s Road Ride

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FEATURES: This “no-drop” ride is for women only, especially for those new to road riding with traffic. Helmets are required and road bikes are highly recommended (hybrid and off-road bike riders may find the wider tires make it hard to keep up the pace of the road bikes). Routes are marked, maps will be provided.

ROUTE: 15 miles

TERRAIN: Moderately hilly, a few big hills

 

Free Weekly Women’s Road Ride

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FEATURES: This “no-drop” ride is for women only, especially for those new to road riding with traffic. Helmets are required and road bikes are highly recommended (hybrid and off-road bike riders may find the wider tires make it hard to keep up the pace of the road bikes). Routes are marked, maps will be provided.

ROUTE: 15 miles

TERRAIN: Moderately hilly, a few big hills