Eventbrite - Third Annual Day of Dialogue and Demonstrations Women Bike Chicago

Want to share your bike love?  Volunteers wanted too!

It takes a lot of awesome women to put on a show.

Our third annual Day of Dialog and Demo is no different.  We need women to assist with
  • Registration
  • The Bike Petting Zoo
  • Information and snack tables
  • Greeting participants and answering questions
  • Monitoring presenters/rooms (time keeping!) and 
  • Watching young'uns in our child care area.  
  • And as always, early set up and late break down. 

We have shifts from 1-2 hours--you can sign up for multiple shifts, and also volunteer and attend sessions!

e-mail volunteer @ womenbikechicago . org if you're interested! 


The schedule for the Third Annual Day of Dialogue and Demonstration!

Please note changes to Bike Maint 101 -the morning and afternoon sessions will have different content

All day: 
  • Information tables for How to Lock, How to be Seen, and our ever-popular Bike Zoo where you can test ride cargo bikes, upright bikes, and more!   
  • Check out the CTA bike rack – the ones you see on the front of buses – and practice putting your bike on it! 
  • Also look for women to discuss Kids Care/Riding with kids to answer questions on how to ride with kids from newborns to teens!
 Note, Pre-registration sessions require sign ups at EventBrite to ensure space.  Day-of attendance is possible depending on space.

9:30 – 10:00 AM
(Hallway) Registration
Meet and Greet
Food and coffee
10:00 – 10:30 AM
10:30 – 11:15 AM
Bike Maintenance 101 (pre-registration) - learn basic bike maintenance - everything we can teach you in 45 minutes.  Focusing on fixing a flat tire
Practical Cycling - ride for commuting and errands or to social events.  Learn to live “car-free” or “car-light” or just make the occasional trip
11:30 – 12:15 PM

Biking in Style - We'll present tweaks and 
considerations for wearing your everyday clothes and even dressing up
12:30 – 1:15 PM
Bike Maintenance 101 (pre-registration) - learn basic bike maintenance - everything we can teach you in 45 minutes.  Focusing on brake adjustments
Bike Fit/Bike Shop - What you should know before you go and when you should walk away from bad sales people
1:30 - 2:15 PM
Planning a Group Ride – plan a theme, destination, route and what to say in your promotion posts
On Bike Safety + Ride (pre-registration)
2:30 - 3:00 PM
Closing and drawing for great prizes donated by our supporters - great bike gear, yummy treats and gift certificates to awesome shops!

Looking for volunteers!  Write to volunteer @ womenbikechicago . org or sign up directly at EventBrite

Save the date! Our Third Annual Day of Dialog and Demos

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  wbc-ddd-2015.eventbrite.com

More details will follow, but sessions will include:
  • Bike fashion: what to wear on a bike
  • Practical cycling: how to pedal to errands, work, etc.
  • Bike Shop Visit: what to ask at a bike shop + basic bike fit info; and more!

New this year:
  • Hands-on bike maintenance
  • Bike safety skills and an on-street practice ride
  • How to lock your bike
  • Reflectivity: How to be seen

We'll keep you posted - sign up for our newsletter and updates:  info@womenbikechicago.org

See you in April - spread the word:  Any woman can ride!

Two Events to Welcome Winter Women Biking

First, Tuesday December 9th Happy Hour at gooseisland.com Goose Island, 6pm-9pm. Bring a friend!

Join fellow women biking in Chicago for a Women Bike Chicago Happy Hour. Drop on by Goose Island to meet great company, drink a beer, snack on a burger or other great food, and talk bikes.

We met many new friends at our last social event in September, and would love to meet you too.  

Second, Sunday December 14th - the Annual Make It Reflective Workshop at REI (Lincoln Park). 2-5pm, co-sponsored with Bike Winter.

Learn about passive vs active visibility, get tips on what to use and where to place it, update your favorite coat or bag with extra-sparkly 3M visibility.   

Click here to RSVP - encouraged but not required.

Slow Roll Chicago--Ride your Bike; Meet New People; Learn about Chicago; Build Community

Maybe you read about Slow Roll in Streetsblog?  Or perhaps you have heard some chatter on the street.  Slow Roll is about people on bikes--families, young, old, black, white, Latino.  Everyone is welcome.  The rides are slow, and they are friendly.  The Slow Roll folks are just the kind of people Women Bike Chicago loves.  Rather than try to explain it, let the founders of Slow Roll talk about the last ride of this season:

Why We Ride...
Slow Roll Chicago is partnering with the Chicago Police Department’s 11th District CAPS Community Policing Office to bring the City of Chicago a family- and youth-focused ride in honor of peace on Chicago streets, utilizing the activity of bicycling to reduce violence on the Westside of Chicago and throughout the City. This ride promises to be an incredibly energetic ride as we celebrate youth achievement and mark the end of Slow Roll Chicago’s 2014 inaugural launch season.

Slow Roll Chicago's final community bicycle ride of 2014 takes us on a gorgeously picturesque route from the Westside of Chicago to Northerly Island and back again. We roll slow through the Lawndale, East Garfield Park, West Town, South Loop, and University Village neighborhoods. We roll slow pass many beautiful sites such as the United Center, UIC Campus, Medical District, Little Italy, and the Museum Campus. We stop at the wonderful Northerly Island to soak up a grand natural landscape within the urban megalopolis that is the City of Chicago. The ride will return to the CPD 11th District for a youth recognition event and a celebratory pizza party.

Slow Roll Chicago rides on the Westside to inspire youth to dream big and work hard. We ride to utilize the activity of bicycling as a tool to strengthen neighborhoods, connect neighbors, and transform communities. This bicycle ride is an important step towards improving the relationship between the Chicago Police Department and the community. It will be a tremendous effort in creating a relationship between the community and CPD that is built on trust and familiarity, where there is an active collaborative effort focused on making our neighborhoods safer and more liveable. This ride will continue the important and ongoing work to connect with young people and share experiences that open their eyes to their inherent potential to achieve greatness in Chicago and around the world. Slow Roll Chicago rides on the Westside of Chicago to create a deeply transformative experience for the young people who ride and everyone involved.
Mission & Vision: 
Slow Roll Chicago is a community-based organization utilizing the activity of bicycling to connect a diverse group of people and improve the condition of communities by organizing community bicycle rides and other bicycling-related programs throughout the greater Chicago area. Slow Roll Chicago works to achieve equity in bicycle access, bicycle usage, bicycle infrastructure, bicycle safety, bicycle culture, and other bicycle-related resources in Chicago with particular focus on communities on the Southside and Westside, making our communities healthier, more empowered, more economically viable, more socially cohesive, more bikeable, and ultimately more liveable.

So even though the forecast for Saturday is on the chilly side, put on your layers and join in the season finale ride.

The details:

Slow Roll Chicago presents...
A Community Bicycle Ride for
Peace on Chicago Streets

In partnership with Chicago Police Department's
11th District CAPS Community Policing Office

Saturday, November 15, 2014
11AM Meet & Greet + Refreshments
12PM Ride

Starting Point & End Point:
Chicago Police Department
11th District CAPS Office
3151 W. Harrison St.

Mid Point:
Museum Campus & Northerly Island

Light refreshments at the beginning of the ride.
Pizza party & youth recognition event at the end of the ride.
Donation suggested.

Pilsen Architecture and Mural Ride This Sunday 10/19! Led By WBC Volunteer Ruth Rosas

WBC followers are invited on a Chicago Cycling Club ride hosted by WBC Volunteer Ruth Rosas:

18th Street Pink Line
Pilsen has historically been a neighborhood for American immigrants. These generation of immigrants built an extraordinary urban landscape. In the 19th century, Bohemian settlers constructed many mixed-use buildings based on the style of their homeland. In the 1970s, murals began as a cooperative effort between Slavs and Mexicans and large murals surfaced throughout Pilsen. Today, an initiative to restore and create new murals have preserved this vibrant and artistic neighborhood.
First, we'll meet at the National Museum of Mexican Art, located at 1852 W 19th St. The museum is very close to public transit, the Damen bus and the Pink Line. We'll ride through the neighborhood and see beautiful ornate churches and historic buildings reminiscent of Eastern Europe baroque architecture erected by Bohemian settlers. We will also be stopping (somewhat frequently) throughout the neighborhood and looking at many old and modern murals. We'll be seeing art by Francisco Mendoza, Jose Guerrero, Gabriel Villa, Chema Skandal, Jake Castro, and many others. Join us afterwards for lunch at one of the many delicious Mexican restaurants near the heart of Pilsen (18th St).

There are also other events around Pilsen and Chicago that you can visit after the ride: Pilsen Open StudiosOpen House Chicago hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation, and the annual Day of the Dead exhibiton at the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Date: Sunday Oct 19, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Distance:  12 Miles
Pace:  10-12 MPH
:  National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W 19th St. 

For updated information or RSVP/contact info, visit http://chicagocyclingclub.org/Home/ViewEvent/6ce21733-9231-4ffb-87b1-fd43f97848b2

Women helping women

Women Bike Chicago had its first mentor/mentee meet-up on Saturday, May 31 at the Formal Gardens in Humboldt Park.  Despite street closures all around, transit issues, and an organized walk/run in the park, a bright and enthusiastic group of women gathered to start the process of helping women be more comfortable riding bikes in Chicago.  We came from Bronzeville, Hyde Park, Logan Square, Belmont-Cragin, Lakeview, River North, Humboldt Park, West Town, and Wicker Park for about an hour and a half of learning about ABC Quick Check, bike fit, lighting, riding in traffic, making turns, riding on multi-use paths, locking securely, and what to wear. 

There were lots of really good questions and interesting exchanges of experiences. We could not believe that we ran out of time before even getting on our bikes!  All agreed that we will meet again in June to get some on bike work in, and, we hope, a little riding.  Anyone already on our e-mail distribution will be asked to participate in choosing the next date even if you were not able to be there this past Saturday.

Not on our list but interested in joining us as a mentee or a mentor?  Please contact us at womenbikechicagomentors@gmail.com  We will make sure you are in the loop for choosing our next date.

June--Women's Bike Month

Divvy has declared June Women's Bike Month! And why not?  We have had two glorious days in a row, Bike the Drive was a roaring success, and there were lots of women and families out enjoying the ride.  Let's continue the trend--ride your bike to work, to the store, with your families, for fun.

Join other women who ride bikes on Sunday, June 8 at 11:30 for a pot luck brunch on the Great Lawn at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.  There are bike racks around the lawn.  Bring a blanket and a brunchy thing to share, and enjoy great conversation.  Children are welcome, and I have heard there will be virgin Mimosas for them (and anyone else who wants one.)

BFF Bikes at 2113 W. Armitage is having a Bike Maintenance clinic on June 2 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. They are also hosting a Commuter Clinic on Friday, June 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. to kick of Bike to Work Week.  Maybe you will find a ride buddy there.

We will be working on a fun ride for later in June.  Watch this space!  Happy cycling!

Not Quite Comfortable Riding in the City?

Women Bike Chicago is ready to launch its program to match women who want help riding for transportation and fun with more experienced women cyclists.  Learn to be a more confident rider, to choose a route that is comfortable for you, and to feel safe riding in traffic.  And meet some really cool women who love riding bikes!  We are starting at the end of May.

E-mail womenbikechicagomentors@gmail.com to sign up or for more information.

Our DDD Wrap-Up

Hi all! Intern Lucy here. Our second annual Day of Dialogue and Demonstration was two Saturdays ago and it was the best! I’m here to wrap it all up for you, for those who were attendance as well as those who couldn’t make it this year.

It was a beautiful day at Dvorak Park in lovely Pilsen. We could have not asked for a better spring day or a more appropriate venue for our event. Outside was our bike corral, where ladies stopped by all day to check out bikes from vendors including Legacy Frameworks as well as share rides on their own bikes. Ladies also helped one another with basic bike maintenance and discussed care of bikes as well as cargo bike options (for heavy loads — and kids!). It was a treat to get to try out many different types of bikes, especially for those of us with just one main ride.

Keynote speaker Angela Ford kicked off the day with a great talk about what being a cyclist means to her. She began her talk by reminiscing, “Like many of us, I abandoned bike riding at the age of 16 when I got my driver’s license.” She went on to discuss her journey rediscovering biking as not only a way to get around but a way to live a more sustainable lifestyle. As the CEO of her own sustainability consulting firm, her bike is now a very important part of her life.

Angela asked all of us to leave the event with three groups of friends who we would take on a bike ride, to spread the wealth of knowledge we learned during the day with a new crew of people. I reflected on my own community of bicycling, which I want to expand to a larger circle of friends. With summer fast approaching, I am excited to recruit my friends, family and coworkers to ride all summer long with me.

Throughout the day, we had six workshops. The first workshop I attended was Commuting, orchestrated by Anne and Veronica. One of the key points of this discussion was public transit, and how to configure taking a bike on public transportation to accommodate the various needs of a busy schedule. Anne and Veronica were very thorough in their explanations of bike rules on the CTA and Metra, and there was no other workshop I attended that day where quite so many thoughtful questions were answered with just as much thoughtfulness. It was a success.

A highlight of the day was Anne and Eboni’s workshop, “How To Plan a Ride.” After briefly discussing routes and safety, we split up into two groups to plan hypothetical group rides. The first group opted for a lengthy route along the upcoming bike path, The 606, which consisted of a hilly terrain and an informal architecture tour of the industry in the area. My group planned a more casual ride; about 5 miles of biking and 4 stops at ice cream and sweets shops made up this “Sweets and Treats” excursion. Both have merit and both would be very easy to plan in realty — so stay tuned! Everyone was a fan of this interactive planning dialogue. No better way to conceptualize a bike ride than actually planning one.

The last workshop I had the privilege to attend was Julie and Samantha’s “Biking Safety, Comfort and Style.” They discussed bike clothing at length and addressed concerns about bike comfort on all different types of bikes. I learned everything I never knew I needed to know about layering while biking.

The icing on top of the day was the raffle that concluded our festivities, and there were plenty of prizes to go around. Highlights included a year-long Divvy membership and several pairs of mountain biking shoes donated by Beverly Bikes.

I was inspired by how many women attended who have been long-time riders. As a young person who commutes almost solely by bicycle, I think of myself doing that because I have multiple jobs and it is a cheap and fast way for me to get around Chicago. However, seeing women who have established lives and even families ride their bikes daily puts the importance of biking into perspective for me.

Thank you to all who attended Women Bike Chicago’s 2014 Day of Dialogue and Demonstration. The event has grown so much in just one year, and we cannot wait to see where next year takes us! Happy biking, and happy spring to all!

Great Job on the Weather

Although for a while it looked like we would be visited by thunderstorms, it turned into a marvelous weather day.  Thanks to all who joined us on Saturday, April 12 at Dvorak Park. You must have used your woman power to hold off the storms.

So many people made the day possible.  Special thanks to our presenters:

Angela Ford
Vanessa Buccella
Anne Alt
Veronica Joyner
Eboni Hawkins
Joanne McSweeney
Marlene Paez
Justyna Frank
Julie Hochstadter
Samantha Arnold

Kudos to our intern extraordinaire, Lucy Freccia for keeping everything on track.

To the volunteers who womaned the registration table, the bike corral, and the child care--we could not have done it without you.

Did you have a chance to try Divvy for the first time?  Thank you Divvy for giving us that opportunity.

Thanks to everyone who brought their own bikes so that others could test ride them.  And if you loved one of the bikes so generously loaned by BFF BikesLegacy FrameworksOn the Route, or Rapid Transit Cycles, talk to them!  They will all be happy to help you find the bike that YOU want.

Don't forget our other contributors:  Active Transportation AllianceHardboiled Coffee Company, REI Lincoln ParkBeverly BikesKozie Prery CapsPo Campo BagsJeni's Splendid Ice CreamFreeman Kevenides Law FirmWomen and Children First book shopCaribou CoffeeThe ChainlinkTurin Bicycle in Chicago.

Finally,  Melissa Manak wrote a wonderful article about the day for Streetsblog.  We could not have said it better ourselves.

Stay tuned for more information about the Women Bike Chicago mentoring program and Women Bike Chicago rides throughout the season.  It is starting to look like spring!

Women Bike Chicago supporters are legion!

Update on items in the drawing:

Three $25 gift certificates from On The Route
Complimentary registration for Active Transportation Alliance MB Financial Bike the Drive
A gift bag including a mug and coffee from Hardboiled Coffee Company in Beverly

Dvorak Park is an absolutely great space--inside and out!  Join us for interesting presentations, great women in attendance, and opportunities to test ride an incredible variety of bikes.  

Friends won't let friends miss this event!