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

Women Bike Chicago is teaming up with Dash Me for a fun event:  a clothing swap and social get-together.

Never been to a swap?  Here's how it works:  bring your clothes in good condition- the things that don't fit or you just have not worn and don't plan to wear.  They can be tops, jeans, dresses, skirts, sweaters - also shoes, jewelry and accessories - and leave with other clothes that are new-to-you.

While you are browsing, chat and network with other women who bike, and enjoy some snacks, because what WBC event would not have snacks?

Note, this is not about bike Lycra and racing kits.  It is, however, a chance to refresh your wardrobe while saving money and the planet.

The event will be Saturday October 24, from 3-5 PM. 
For more details, visit http://www.dashmeswap.com/ 
To RSVP, click here

Photo: Adaeze Okorafor

Fun Bikey Things with Women Who Ride Bikes


July 29, 7:00 p.m. and August 1, 7:00 p.m.

On August 2, at 9:30 a.m. meet at BFF Bikes at 2113 W. Armitage for a casual ride to the Chicago Women's Park and Garden and the Spoke and Bird Cafe at 18th and Indiana.  We will return to BFF Bikes by 1:30 p.m.  RSVP lisa@womenbikechicago.org.

Rides, Rides, Rides

To all who joined us on Saturday, April 18, thank you.  You came, you learned, you made friends,  you renewed friendships, now let's ride!

On May 2 we ride with members of the community in East Garfield Park. The ride is led and managed by women, but open to all.  Participation by children of the community is encouraged and welcome, so bring your children, too.  We will have some coffee and snacks to get us started, and pizza when we return.  It is a Saturday and you can take your bike on the train all day.  Take the Green Line to Conservatory where there is an elevator.  Breakthrough is just a couple of blocks north. Or, if you want to drive, there is almost always parking on the street.

And if you are interested in helping with ride marshaling, e-mail lisa@womenbikechicago.org

On May 17, Ruth Rosas will lead us on a tour of the murals of Pilsen beginning at 2:00 p.m.  Meet at the National Museum of Mexican Art.  After the ride we will go to a local restaurant to enjoy local cocina.

June 7 brings us to BFF Bikes at 2113 W. Armitage where we will begin our ride to the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens.  Gather at 9:30 a.m.  We will stop at the park and eat at The Spoke and Bird which is a bicycle friendly cafe.  We will return to BFF by 1:30 p.m.

Do you have ideas for rides or gatherings?  We would be happy to help you plan and organize. Email info@womenbikechicago.org

More Day Of Demos Presenters!

Women Bike Chicago is pleased to welcome Chicago Bike Ambassadors to its event on Saturday. 

Photo: Bern Unlimited, one of the Ambassadors' sponsors

The City of Chicago's Bicycling Ambassadors are a team of young adults who move throughout Chicago to promote more people on bikes, and more people riding safely. 

You can find us on the Lake Front Trail, at your neighborhood street festival or block party, at libraries and offices, or even working with police at busy intersections to address unsafe behaviors on the road. 

We love answering questions about biking or using CTA in the city, and we always have free bike maps and cycling guides to give away. 

We're very excited to be a part of this weekend's Women Bike Chicago Day because we know that encouraging more people to ride, especially women, is important to creating a larger community in our city. 

Please stop by our table on Saturday to ask about helmet fittings, what kind of bike may be right for you, or how to ride with children. See you there!

More presenters and panelists!

Sign up for the event at Dvorak Park (Cullerton between Racine and Morgan) on April 18 and hear these awesome women speak about: 

Bike Maintenance 101 Hands-on Workshops with Gillian Wu and Joanne McSweeny

* Joanne and her partner Denis have owned On The Route, with three locations in Chicago, since 1998.  On The Route is a full-service shop, specializing in bikes and accessories geared toward bike commuters.
Joanne rides on average 1500 miles a year, leading and riding with groups On The Route also sponsors: a weekly women-only group ride, which meets at the Aquarium downtown at 6pm every Tuesday; Team Dream, a women’s enrichment biking team and xXx, a non-profit all-inclusive racing team.  She also leads the Iguanas, a kids’ triathlon training team.  

* Gillian Wu is a lead fleet manager with Postmates and an alumna of Rapid TransitCycleshopHer earliest memory is of her mom towing her in a trailer behind her green Novara.  She's been in love with bikes ever since.  What got Gillian riding in Chicago was the sense of total unencumbered freedom: when it's just you and your bike, possibilities bloom all around you!  Gillian’s goal is to get more people on bikes, so everyone can experience the liberation of two wheels.

  --These two sessions will be an overview of keeping your bike in shape, including replacing/replacing an inner tube (morning session) and brake adjustments (afternoon session)  



Bicycle safety and on-street practice ride with Elizabeth Adamczyk and Jane Healy

* Since she began riding her bike in 2003, Elizabeth has gone from a recreational rider to an urban cyclist and prefers getting around by bicycle as much as possible. She is also a strong advocate for bike safety and awareness. In addition to helping with Women Bike Chicago, Elizabeth organizes the annual Chicago Ride of Silence and teaches cycling instruction as a certified League ofAmerican Bicyclists Cycling Instructor.

Jane Then
Jane Now
* Jane Healy is a mentor, teacher and all-around crazy woman for bikes.  She rediscovered biking with the birth of her second child and hasn't looked back since, biking through pregnancy, through the school years, and now beyond. (big breath) She bike commutes year round to her high school teaching job, successfully does the grocery shopping for a family of five by bike, runs a kid's bike club, is president of the Blue Island Bicycle Club, has taught Build-a-Bike classes to kids, is an LCI instructor, and serves on the boards of School District 130 and the Active Transportation Alliance. Ask her about multi-modal commuting!

  --This session will include discussions about how to ride safely in the street - how to avoid the "door zone", how to signal a turn - and how to turn--Which lane should you be in??! Includes a practice street ride with the group.

How to be Seen on a Bike with Willow Naeco 

Willow on the annual Santa Rampage Ride
Willow has been an active participant in Chicago's cycling community since the summer of 2002. She has been a volunteer for Chicago Critical Mass, Bike Winter, Cycling Sisters, The Chainlink, and various other groups. Willow enjoys taking trips with her bike trailer to the grocery store and taking her cat to the vet. She is the current editor of The Derailleur, an unofficial publication of Chicago Critical Mass. Willow enjoys making buttons, bottle openers, magnets, and mirrors for Critical Mass and businesses or individuals. She has helped thousands of Chicago-area cyclists stay warm and be seen by helping sew balaclavas, gaiters, and scarves, and sewing reflective stripes to gear and clothes.
--Willow will be at the Make It Reflective table all day for drop in questions and answers.  She'll have her sewing machine to attach reflective tape to your bags and other stuff.  Learn how to *not* blend in with the scenery!

Introducing - A Few of Your Panelists

For our third annual Day of Dialogue and Demonstration, we have lined up some great women who are passionate about cycling, and experts in what they do - because they live what they love.  These women bicycle year-round, for transportation and recreation - for work, with kids, for shopping and visiting friends.  

Join us on April 18 and meet them.  Learn from them and others how you can bike, or bike more, for things you do every day anyway.  

These are must a few of the women presenting at DDD.  Watch for updates and more intros!

How to Visit a Bike Shop with Justyna Frank

Justyna conceived an urban bike shop in the early nineties with her husband Chris. At 21 this year, Rapid Transit Cycleshop is Chicago's oldest transportation-oriented, woman-owned bike shop.

Over the last two decades, Justyna has nurtured countless customers of all ages,  genders and walks of life with the goal of helping riders -- new and experienced -- realize their dreams of independent travel.
--This session will focus on what to expect when you want to buy a bicycle.  What questions should you ask?  What kind of bike should you buy?  And when to walk away if you feel you are not getting your questions answered.  
Biking Style with Cynthia Hudson

Cynthia Hudson has been involved in bicycling and pedestrian advocacy since 2006 in a variety of safety and encouragement roles.  Cynthia first began her advocacy as one of Mayor Daley’s Junior Bicycling Ambassadors teaching bicycle safety to thousands of people around the city.  Cynthia has also worked to organize predominantly African American communities around Open Streets. 
In her current role as Community Liaison at the Active Transportation Alliance, Cynthia is responsible for promoting walking, biking and public transit on the West and Southside of Chicago, building relationships with local officials and city representatives, and implementing Active Transportation community plans.
--In the Style session, we'll discuss how you can ride in your regular street clothes.  What do you do about your hair and a helmet?  What about sweat?  Can I wear a skirt? And more!  Learn tips on how to arrive as put-together as when you left.
Practical Biking with Nancy Easton

Nancy has been riding her bike for transportation since elementary school and currently rides several days a week from her home on the north side to her job as a clinical psychologist downtown. She has been a year-round biker for the past six years, after being inspired by a trip to Antwerp, Belgium. 
Nancy has never owned a car throughout 28 years of living in Chicago, and has learned lots of tips for combining biking or Divvy with public transport options to make getting around town easy, safe, and fun!
 --Learn how to do all the things on a bike you would have done in a car.  Errands, commuting to work, going to dinner with friends.  How to mix biking and public transit - when can you take your bike on a train?  What about Divvy?  

Sign up to attend these sessions, and MORE at  http:\\wbc-ddd-2015.eventbrite.com

Want to attend sessions and also help out?  Volunteer with us  - send an e-mail to  volunteer @ womenbikechicago.org

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! 

Presenting... 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