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National Women’s Bike Summit

by Melanie Colavito

It’s really encouraging and exciting that this year marked the first ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit, which recently took place in Long Beach, California. Streetfilms was there to capture images and remarks from the conference, which you can check out in their video below. I started in the bike industry at the age of 17, when I got my first job working at Absolute Bikes in Flagstaff, AZ. It was an amazing opportunity and made my journey through the world of cycling much easier. I was fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of fantastic people – male and female alike – along the way who encouraged me as female bike racer, female working in a bike shop, and female bike advocate. However, issues of gender inequality in cycling are very present and very real from the local bike shop, to the pages of your favorite bike magazine, all the way to the International Cycling Union, and everywhere in between. Conferences like this are a great step in the right direction to getting more women on bikes. I hope to be there next year!And in case you missed it, check out this Mighty Mom on a Bike!The Inaugural National Women’s Bicycle Summit from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

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One Response to “National Women’s Bike Summit”

  1. Gracie Rey says:

    At a recent SLO Gran Fondo planning meeting the question expanding the number of women riders participating in the event came up. Most of the promotional material for the Fondo focuses on things like ride with the pro’s, timing chips to measure your performance, challenging other riders on Strava but we’re not sure that’s what would attract the majority women riders to participate in the event. But what do we know? A bunch of guys are never going to figure that out so we thought we’d ask you “As a women, what could we do that would entice you to choose to ride the SLO Gran Fondo more than other rides”.

    We’d love to hear your ideas!

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