Women & Bicycles Photo Series: Ann DeSanctis, Allison Hasser, Nicole LaFragola

The Women & Bicycles Photo Series (#WBPhotoSeries) is a new project in the program that aims to demonstrate and promote the great and diverse group of women that make up the W&B community.

As well as appearing on the group’s Facebook page and on Instagram, these features – a brief quote and accompanying photograph of the woman participating – will be published in a periodic consolidation of the portraits right here on this blog! For more information about the project, send me an email at emily.janas@waba.org.


 

Ann DeSanctis, Brightwood Park, Washington, D.C.

“Anytime you’re in a city, you’re not necessarily, right away connected to people, even though you’re surrounded by people all the time. so the thing about this group that I think is amazing is knowing that there are other people going through the same thing I’m going through, or something much worse or much better; it equalizes the experience. And it really does seem to be that support is the underlying message and theme, and people have stuck to that even through their differences.”

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Allison Corke Hasser, Takoma, Washington, D.C.

“So last summer, I got off work and I was going to bike down to the Mall to meet my friends for Jazz in the Sculpture Garden. I was biking down North Capitol, which is a little bit of a thrill in itself anyway, you know – no bike lanes and it’s crowded and all that. But the weather was perfect and I was going to meet my friends and I knew I didn’t have to find parking or deal with Metro. I just felt like I was a part of the city. You see the Capitol building and you’re on the road – it feels like you’re on to something great. I can go anywhere, I’m not limited. That feels pretty empowering.”

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Nicole LaFragola, Ballston, Arlington, VA

“My love of bicycling is something I really want to share with others, mostly because it was a huge life change for me. Coming from Florida, with always driving and being so isolated from other people and from the outside to where I am now, when it’s regular for me to bike everywhere – it’s just changed who I was.

So especially when I started feeling that rush of ‘this is amazing!’, like once I got over the initial fear of getting on the streets, I started talking with so many friends about it, and I’ve seen it take effect there, too. And that’s it, I want to share that with folks.”

 

 

Nicole LaFragola

 

Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates, Chipotle our delicious dinner party sponsors, and we’re supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.  

   

Women & Bicycles Photo Series: Barbara Bitondo, Renu Singh, Harum Helmy

The Women & Bicycles Photo Series (#WBPhotoSeries) is a new project in the program that aims to demonstrate and promote the great and diverse group of women that make up the W&B community.

As well as appearing on the group’s Facebook page and on Instagram, these features – a brief quote and accompanying photograph of the woman participating – will be published in a periodic consolidation of the portraits right here on this blog! For more information about the project, send me an email at emily.janas@waba.org.


 

Barbara Bitondo, Washington, D.C:

“W&B supports empowerment and emancipation of women specifically, which is why I participate. Learning any new skill gives a woman freedom and independence, and, if the skill is cycling, well, in gets her where she is going faster!”


Renu Singh, Glover Park, Washington, D.C:

“So, I was thinking about this the other day. I am a minority, a woman, and I was an immigrant for a while while I was living in London. All of these things coming together. And I feel like weirdly, bicyclists are treated as a minority similarly in that people have these stereotypes about them. When you don’t know something, you tend to misunderstand it. So for us especially in this group, I just feel like it’s important to stick together and get the word out there. The more people you reach, the less there’s going to be an ‘us them’ situation. There just shouldn’t be an ‘us, them’ situation.”

Harum Helmy, Takoma Park, MD:

“Biking is definitely empowering for me, and it’s such a good feeling. I have these moments sometimes, where I’d be going really fast, or actually trying to go fast, and I’d look down and see my thighs going and I’d think – I’m propelling myself forward. Me, my body. It’s kind of neat, you know? And being that happy and feeling so powerful in your body and all is awesome, and it’d be great if more people – more women, really – could feel that, too.” 

Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates, Chipotle our delicious dinner party sponsors, and we’re supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.  

   

 

10 Bike Must Knows

10 Bike Must Knows

If you’re new to biking, or just new to riding your bike for transportation,  there are some simple “must-knows” that can make your riding experience better. At our June Women & Bicycles workshop, we looked at some of the most frequents questions we see on the Women & Bicycles facebook group, plus a few neat bike hacks we think you’ll find useful.  Scroll through our slides below to learn more about what we covered:

Recruiting Women & Bicycles Roll Models!

With your help we will work to inspire, support, and mentor 500 women to get out and give biking a try in 2015!

Become a Roll Model

 

The Women & Bicycles Program Philosophy

We’re a community of women working to get more women biking, teaching, and leading the bike movement. We connect with women in our lives who don’t bike and create opportunities to share information and tips and tricks, answer questions and concerns, and ultimately remove barriers to biking. It’s mentorship, this each one teach one method, that drives our community.

The Role Of Roll Models

Roll Models are official program mentors. Just like you, they are enthusiastic about biking and are already working to get friends and family members to give it a try. You achieve our program’s mission by bringing new women into the bike movement and serving as a personal mentor. Your mentorship is the crucial infrastructure in the bike movement that provides encouragement and information necessary for people new to biking. PLUS, as a Roll Model you get special prestige in our community and some great gifts along the way.

Expectations of Roll Model and Commitments

Your time commitment is a minimum of 10 total hours  from now til November
You’ll attend an orientation in the next two months
Your expectations are outlined in the survey and broken down in orientation
This work is fun and rewarding and a great way to give back to your friends!

Survey Breakdown

This survey takes 10 minutes or less
There are two sections: Six Roll Model Expectations, and Tell Us About Yourself

Please click here to fill out our survey.

Potomac Pedalers Sponsors Women & Bicycles!

Thank you PPTC

We’re  proud and excited to announce our partnership with the Potomac Pedalers!

Along with offering financial support, Potomac Pedalers and our Women & Bicycles group are partnering up to create four women-only rides (maybe more?) catering to different skills and biking goals, in different parts of the region, prioritizing fun and skillsharing!

We’re working together because we’re committed to bringing out all types of people  of all different bike abilities to experience the joys of biking and find camaraderie throughout the D.C. region.

The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club is a non-profit educational, recreational and social organization for bicycling enthusiasts.  They boast* the biggest membership and the largest ride calendar in the Metropolitan Washington DC area! And, they host the funnest bike tailgates.

The first joint PPTC and W&B ride is scheduled for May 9!
We’ll ride in Rock Creek and tailgate afterwards. Mark your calendars; details to come.

Click here to learn more!

 

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*Actually they’re pretty humble about it.

We’re so close! Help Women & Bicycles get to $10,000 by midnight!

UPDATE: We did it! Thanks to everyone who contributed!

 

We’re a 77% of the way to our $10,000 goal thanks to supporters like you!

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We have big plans for the Women & Bicycles program this year. Watch Nelle’s  video to see how your $10 helps fund a part-time coordinator run 80+ events and recruit and train 50+ Roll Models in 2015.

When you get right down to it, your donation gets more women on bicycles. Don’t take our word for it—here are some comments from our survey last fall:

“It’s great to be part of an inclusive, enthusiastic community of women. When I’m going somewhere that I could bike or take public transit, I think of Women & Bicycles and choose to ride. It’s an inspiration.”


“The tone of Women & Bicycles is one of compassion, understanding, and support, which fosters a really incredible community. I love that it’s a non-competitive atmosphere, and where ladies will “cheer” for your accomplishments, whether that’s riding to work one day a month or riding across the country. I’ve gained so much from having a supportive community that I can reach out to for bike-related or non-bike-related questions and concerns.”


“We hear again and again how the group has made so many women confident to ride in all conditions and distances. I also think it’s remarkable how the program has led non-WABA staff to step up and become volunteers and bicycle advocates on their own time and dime. If one believes there is power in the “each one teach one” model, this is absolutely the way to go.”


 “I love Women & Bicycles. Probably the best thing about the group is how empowering it is for women in general, not just on the bike.”

Please help use reach our $10,000 goal by midnight tonight!

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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Help us recruit and train 50 Women & Bicycles Roll Models this year!

Thanks to the more than 200 people who have already donated to our Women & Bicycles fundraiser, we’re two thirds of the way to our $10,000 goal!

Click here to donate soon. Our fundraiser ends tomorrow at midnight!

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In 2013 our ten Roll Models shared their experience and expertise with 130 women in their lives. Last year a new group of Roll Models acted as mentors to more than 250. And this year our goal is to mentor 500 women!  We’ve got some new ideas up our sleeves and we’re taking on a new approach to track all their success.

Roll Models are the heart and soul of our Women & Bicycles program. Your donation helps us reach our goal of recruiting and training 50(!) of these heroic volunteers to act as mentors to their friends, family and coworkers as they start biking around town.

Click here to donate soon. Chip in before tomorrow at midnight.

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Women & Bicycles is proudly supported by The Potomac Pedalers Touring Club; hosts of the region’s most robust all-level group ride calendar and bike tailgates. We’re also supported by all our friends who donated through the Hains Point 100 ride.

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