Bike Expo New York Women’s Panel

No Sweat! A Girl’s Guide To Riding a Bicycle in New York City

Bike Expo New York Women’s Panel
Focuses on Attracting More Women to the Bike Lanes

Will Bike Share Help Close the Cycling Gender Gap?

New York, April 29 – Riding a bicycle in New York City is efficient, affordable, healthy and, above all, fun. Popularity of cycling for transportation and recreation is about to soar to new heights as the bike share system, due to launch in May, attracts more New Yorkers to this city’s growing network of bike lanes.

Still, women are under-represented among the ranks of New York City cyclists – men outnumber women 3 to 1 in commuter trips, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking 2012 Benchmarking Report.

Overcoming the barriers and making cycling a part of everyday life in the city will be the focus of the panel, No Sweat!  A Girls’ Guide to Riding a Bicycle in NYC, presented by the city cycling blog velojoy.com and Bike New York at Bike Expo New York at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

Moderator: 

Susi Wunsch, Founder of velojoy.com, a growing online source of news, information and inspiration for city cyclists and bike-curious New Yorkers.

Panelists:

  • Dani Simons, Director of Marketing for NYC Bike Share, the operators of the Citi Bikebike share system
  • Diane Jones Randall, Director of Custom Publishing at NBC Universal’s iVillage, recently started cycling for recreation and fitness
  • Stephanie Kaplan, a 2013 Women’s Cycling Ambassador for Specialized Bicycles, NYC bike commuter and racer

The one-hour presentation on the main stage, directly following the BE Chic, BE NY Fashion Show presented by Momentum Magazine, also will feature a prize drawing for a reflective tailored cycling rain cape by Cleverhood.

Motivational Monday with Suzanne E.

Motivational Monday with Suzanne E.

What is your name and location?

Suzanne E. San Diego California

What type of cycling do you enjoy?

Road, Track and baby trailer park hopping

What is your first cycling memory?

I was four and the much bigger neighbor kid got a banana seat bike with ape hangers. I asked to try it. I could barely reach the pedals and I could not touch the floor so they held on while I got started. It felt like flying! Until I went to turn around and realized I also was too small to steer… Of course I crashed at that point but oh the feeling of flying with the wind in my hair and sun on my face was so worth the bloody knees and elbows!

Who inspires you to ride? Better yet, why?

My friend Matt and my angel friend Melissa. Matt has been an incredible support to me through training and weight loss helping me to make the changes I needed in my head and heart to make the changes in my body. He has coached and encouraged me, ridden with me and even physically pushed me home one day when my body quit at the tail end of a 48 miler. Melissa was my best friend. She coached me through a couple of triathlons she would ride with me when nobody else wanted to and when I was wanting to quit she’d say “suck it up princess” I have that message written on the top tubes of my bike and some days I can almost hear her yelling it at me with a laugh. I continue because she can’t.

What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?

My first day back on two wheels after being sidelined for 8 weeks for with illness. The air was cold and it prickled every part of my body and burned my lungs, my legs felt like alternating lead and rubber but the sun was shining and when I turned my face towards it I could forget all the pain an uncertanty- I was four again and I was Flying!

Tell us what you ride

My trusty steed is my 2010 Cannondale six-triple-six. We have been to hell and back together a few times and even over to Paradise (Kona, Hi) twice and Washington D.C for Olympic Distance Triathlons! I hated it when I first got it -my instrument of torture but Matt did a proper fit for me and it was like the angels came out and sang!

A 2010 Gary Fisher Mountain bike which I have converted to commute and is the draft horse of my fleet it now pulls the newest addition the Trek baby trailer that pulls the kids and even the dog on park hopping adventures!

In November right before my illness and in the very last week of track season I purchased a 2012 Dolan track bike(fixed gear). I have ridden it only once and it has done hundreds of miles in my trunk- in pieces but track season starts next week and I am ready to make it fly too… I may ride slowly but it still makes my heart fly!

 

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Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

Mother's Day

Mother’s Day: What Do You Want?

I’m drafting up Mother’s Day idea list, either ideas of what to do bike related (Cyclofemme) or gift ideas for those waiting for the last minute perfect gift.

What are you wanting bike related?

Giant Avail Inspire 2013

Liv/giant Avail Inspire for Breast Cancer

Liv/Giant teamed up with Young Survival Coalition for a 2nd contest to design a new Giant bike for 2013. Barbara’s winning design of cherry blossoms has very personal meanings to me (I have a large tattoo of cherry blossom’s on my left arm/shoulder.)

Check out the bike and continue to read Barbara’s story below!

Giant Avail Inspire 2013Before her battle with breast cancer, Barbara Greenlee of Bothell, WA would not have considered herself an athlete and she certainly would not have called herself a cyclist. But that all changed when, like many young women around the country faced with breast cancer, Barbara sought out a support community to help her push through trying times.

“Young Survival Coalition really helped me get through treatment,” Barbara says, as she recounts the eight rounds of chemo and 33 radiation treatments that would eventually save her life. “I received the diagnosis at age 40. My doctor said the cancer had likely been growing for about 10 years. YSC had the resources and connections to help me through each obstacle I faced along the way.”

Young Survival Coalition (YSC) is the premier global organization dedicated to the critical issues young women confront in dealing with breast cancer – issues like higher mortality rates and fertility concerns. After chemo and radiation, Barbara suffered numerous challenges – among them, a total of eight surgeries, not including her final reconstructive procedure last fall.

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30 Days of Biking Starts Today!

April 1st brings bad jokes, hints of spring and a great program called 30 Days of Biking.

30 Days of Biking, whose fourth year begins April 1, has one rule: Bike somewhere every day for 30 days—around the block, 20 miles to work, whatever suits you—then share your adventures online.

Take the pledge with me and enjoy your April on two wheels. Personally, this is going to mean borrowing bikes, trying Bike Share in different cities and putting effort in to ride a bike once everyday as I travel but I am excited in the challenge, and I am excited to share my month on two wheels with you!

Balance Bike Session

Balance Bike Session in Oundle, England

Over the weekend a friend/follower on Twitter mentioned that he was headed to a balance bike session. Quickly, I asked him to take some photos to share!

A quick blurb on the day from Mat

Trying to get nippers riding bikes in a rural area of England…lots of issues here with kids in villages not riding/not starting to ride, for no good reason. Loads of mums starting to ride and it’s great seeing mums and kids starting to hit the roads again.

See the complete set over at Mat’s SmugMug gallery

Balance Bike Session
Balance Bike Session
Balance Bike Session

Motivational Monday with Jessica

Motivational Monday with Jessica

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Jessica Schilling, Boulder, CO

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Road and recreational

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

My itty-bitty blue sparkly Schwinn with the blue-and-white streamers!

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

Who … well, I live in a town full of cyclists, and seeing folks on bikes around me all the time is a near-constant inspiration to stay on two wheels. Why? Because riding is the most awesome thing ever: it’s transportation, freedom, exercise, a moving meditation, a way to quiet the mind while letting the body do its thing, a way to make the planet a better place, and a shameless excuse for ogling hot guys and girls in spandex.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

Pulling into the tiny general store in Hygiene, CO on my weekly Saturday ride for a halfway-there break of fresh lemonade, a water-bottle refill and a lounge on their lovely green lawn. Such a perfect routine!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

Shiny Red is a Globe Daily 3 (step-through, seven-speed internal hub) with a bitchin’ handmade wooden milk crate that my dad built out of scrap cedar from my folks’ back porch and a badge from Farnsworth Bicycle Laboratory, my friend’s art shop in Lawrence, KS. I spent three months tracking this bike down and ended up finally finding her on a weekend road trip ten hours away from home.

Ruby (who is blue) is a Specialized Ruby Comp, my first real road bike, purchased this summer after a months-long Craigslist saga that actually involved two separate bicycles and a little bit of heartbreak (and broken carbon). We’re still getting to know each other in one of those sort of slow-blooming romances. Shiny Red is jealous, but they’re both taking it pretty well.

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

Motivational Monday with Julia

Motivational Monday with Julia

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Julia, Gainesville, FL

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

All: Road, MTB, multi-use trails with the family

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

Crashing on my banana seat bike in the second grade and getting stitches from splitting my lip on that big Y frame handle bar!! Good times!

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

Myself, my friends and family. I enjoy being healthy and riding outside. I love riding in Gainesville, we have so many trees and wonderful places to ride. San Feslasco is a mountain bike paradise with beautiful deer and challenging elevations.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

Sharing events with my son. I am really excited about the youth development races that I am starting to see pop up more and more. I think it is important to spark more interest with outreach programs like youth races and youth mountain bike series or occasional lessons in the community. I have seen a few LBS sponsor not only a Summer MTB race series, but also a meet and greet with a few lessons. I love this. I think it fosters a long term love not only for cycling but for the places where they get to cycle.

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

We have nine bikes in our garage at this moment: My old MTB, my road bike, my boyfriend’s road bike, his rain bike, his commuter bike, his MTB, My son’s road bike, his commuter (MTB) bike and my other son’s commuter bike. We will be adding a Cx bike and another MTB bike this year. SO excited!!!

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!

Motivational Monday with Cheri

Motivational Monday with Cheri

WHAT’S YOUR NAME AND LOCATION?

Cheri Felix Boulder, CO

WHAT TYPE OF CYCLING DO YOU ENJOY?

Mountain Biking

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST CYCLING MEMORY?

My ten speed when I was like 10? But the one I’ll never forget is when I was roped into going out with 6 or 7 women friends. They lent me their bike and said, “You’ll like it.” I wasn’t so sure. I told them that I would “probably hate it” and that I would meet them back at the car if I only lasted a few minutes. Well, that evening I said to my boyfriend, “I’m going to need my own bike.”

WHO INSPIRES YOU TO RIDE, AND BETTER YET WHY?

I am inspired by being able to ride. By having the gift of movement. By having the priviledge of riding. By having the awesome luck to have a great bike. I am inspired by my mom who had a stroke at age 49 that left her in a wheelchair and later died at 58 of ovarian cancer. I am inspired all the time.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST MOMENT ON THE BIKE SO FAR THIS YEAR?

The downhill portion of a Winter Park race. Watching my daughters race. And the short track race when I passed three girls. And the days I see high school girls (I am an assistant mountain bike coach) do things they thought they couldn’t do. Sorry–I know you only said moment not moments!

TELL US ALL ABOUT YOUR BIKES

PINK Gary Fisher Hi-Fi Deluxe. Full susp.

Motivational Monday, a Monday tradition at Bike Shop Girl, my goal to keep you motivated and to be striving on the bike even during a hard week or long hours at work. Are you a woman that bicycles? Fill out this easy form and be part of our motivational movement!