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

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!

And lots of other information for you, including * How to securely lock your bike * How Divvy works * Some stylish accessories made just for bike riding from Po Campo and Kozie Prerie * Bike safety advocacy issues from Active Transportation Alliance * What is a large group/fundraising/multi-day ride like?  with CowalungaHelmet fitting and general bike love from Chicago Bike Ambassadors


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