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 firstname.lastname@example.org We will make sure you are in the loop for choosing our next date.