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This Saturday,  the 2nd Annual ‘OWBS’ will take place at the awesome Strongwater Food & Spirits event space.  Two years ago, I was at a bike advocate conference in Long Beach.  At this conference we held a ‘Women’s Forum’ discussing ways in which we can engage more women in the U.S. and Canada to ride bikes.  Currently, women commuting on bikes only make up just over 25%.  Some women feel intimidated b/c they rarely see others ‘like them’ riding.  Some may want to ride but they aren’t sure where or how to begin.  Some want to be educated more.  Some fear of being harrassed.  This list can go on.  So, during this ‘Women’s Forum’ in Long Beach, we all started to shout out our goals once we’d return to our home base.  My pledge, ‘I will organize the first statewide ‘Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit’ in 2013!’  With some help from co-organizers Jeannie and Mimi, we made this happen.  Over 70 women from around Ohio (and two from Indiana) and nine presenters attended and presented at the ‘Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit.’

In my opinion, it was very well received.  We got great feedback to where this Saturdays’ Summit, all of the topics are based upon what the attendees wanted to hear more about or become more educated in.  I worked extremely hard of the financial sponsors for this years Summit.  We have over 14 sponsors who believe in our mission and understand that when more women ride, the ripple effect of kids, families as a whole, happens.  This Summit does not exclude men.  Men are more than welcome to join us (we have a gentleman speaker) this Saturday, however, it is women-specific.  Why?  Because there is still a disparity out there.  There are still many women who better identify when hearing similar experiences…from a woman instead of a man.  You don’t hear very often men being sexually harrassed while riding their bike or that some women have unfortunately been the victim of men actually driving by and touching them and slapping them.  These are two examples I’ve just recentlly heard.

This past Saturday, myself and fellow bicycle enthusiast Marjorie Shavers were asked to speak at Bike Indy’s Summit.  Our topic:  Engaging Women.  We had a wonderful discussion and what I really appreciated was how many men stayed and were actively involved in this particular topic.  Men from the bike shop world to engineers to husbands and fathers.  They understand the importance of having more women be seen riding bikes and what that says about your city.

Do I want more people to ride, collectively?  Heck yes!  I know what riding a bike does to one’s life.  Do I want a platform for women to come together to hear about best practices, hear stories, meet others with similar situations – absolutely.  Women empower one another.  There’s a ripple effect that happens when women build upon each other’s strengths and experiences.  If you’re interested in joining us at the 2nd Annual ‘Ohio Women’s Bicycling Summit,’ you can register here: http://bikecleveland.memberlodge.org/events.  Consider biking has partnered with BikeCleveland this year for our registration so don’t get confused with the link 🙂  Thank you, BikeCleveland!

Quick details:  2nd Annual ‘OWBS’ Saturday, May 3; on-sitre registration and mingle 8am-9am.  Summit begins 9a-5p with post-celebratory libations to be had.

Location:  Strongwater Food & Spirits event space.  401 W. Town St. Columbus, Ohio  Find us on Facebook at:  facebook.com/ohiowomensbicyclingsummit

Summit details on topics and speaker bios can be found on the Facebook page as well as: http://www.considerbiking.org

Here a couple pics from last year’s Summit:

lisa and tammyThese two ladies:  Lisa Hinson and Tammy Krings are the Webster definition of ‘badass.’  Two incredible business women whom have taken a leading role in creating a female groundswell for one of the nations biggest Cancer Rides: Pelatonia.

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A great shot from behind as the first two speakers, Lisa and Tammy set the stage.

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I was thrilled when Marjorie accepted a speaker position for our first ‘OWBS.’  She was very nervous since she had just become re-aquainted with bicycling however, I felt that Marjorie embodies what the future face of bicycling should look like.  Now, she’s a beast to help engage more women to ride!  SO PROUD!

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An ariel shot of most of the folks from the Summit.  Some were still eating, some had to leave back to their jobs, but this is a pretty great shot!

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Lindsay Sherman of Trek will be giving a much more indepth and hands-on workshop that you can choose from at this year’s Summit.  We thought she had enough time last year.  We were definitely wrong.  Trial and error, right?  The attendees loved it.  She’ll have a great session this year and we’re excited she’s coming back!

Lastly, I wanted to post a snippet of all of our sponsors.  I’m so grateful at how excited and supportive ALL of these businesses have been.

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Hey folks!  Just returned from a MUCH needed vaca, visiting my sister in Florida.  I’m posting the last half of my May Fashion Diary.  It was super fun to post.  I wanted to post more photos of me riding however, its very difficult trying to get the ‘best’ angle of me riding, looking ahead AND getting my whole outfit.  The best outcome was me, getting a photo of myself just prior to all my take-offs.  I’d like to thank my awesome neighbors David and Chris for taking them when they were around.  A few strangers I asked and I think my friends Greg and Andrew.  If I missed someone, I apologize.  I’d also like to thank the ‘time setting’ on my camera 🙂

Note:  Duncan Hurd, the Online Editor of my favorite magazine: Momentum Magazine will be using 12-15 of my photos of my bike project so stay tuned to that!  I’m SUPER excited about having more people see that any clothing is bike-able.

Enjoy and keep riding!

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So, most of us bicycle riders know May as National Bike Month.  If others are reading this and you didn’t know that, ‘Surprise!’

As most of you know, I’m very passionate about getting more women comfortable riding and navigating our city roads.  I am also passionate about wearing every day clothing while riding your bike.  One shouldn’t feel the need to wear one outfit while riding and then change into another when you’re finished.  Bicycling should be as easy and 123.  As we’ve been saying, ‘dress for your destination, not the journey.’

You look at other exploding bicycle cities like: D.C., San Fran, and Chicago and this is how they ride.  This blog is about that as well.  I snap photos of fellow bike riders wearing everyday clothes b/c we need to normalize it.  It’s still funny to me when people point at me as I’m rolling down the streets pedaling in a skirt and heels.

Women.  Women are a beautiful sight to see when dressed up and two-wheeling.  They always put a smile on my face.  I saw a gentleman the other day in a suit, biking to the courthouse.  That’s how we began and that’s how it should be.

So, back to the project.  For the month of May, I (or rather; neighbors, friends, and nice strangers) have been photographing myself and my outfits that I wear on my bicycle.  I’m going to post half now and then the other half at the end of the month.  Anything from my closest is wearable on my bicycle.  People always mention ‘sweating.’  If you take it easy and ride your bike at a leisurely pace instead of 22mph then chances are you’ll roll into work and not be sweaty.

Enjoy the dozen outfits below.  I’d also like to mention that beginning in June and once a month, I will be holding a ladies only – leisure bicycle ride.  It’s called ‘2 Wheels & Heels.’  My friend in Cleveland began it up there and it was a smashing success.  I told her I would take it on here and not only is it beginning here in Columbus this summer, it is also happening in:  Chicago, Austin,  and Minneapolis.  We will all ride on the same day each month.  We are working to move this group across the Nation to empower more women to ride their bikes.  We need to move that gender needle and soften our streets.  If you’re interested in the ‘2 Wheels & Heels’ rides, search it on Facebook at:  ‘2 Wheels & Heels.’

Enjoy and keep riding!

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I have been BUSY has hell organizing my Safe Routes to School program that’s about to kick-off in a couple weeks.  Here are few fun blog worthy photos I thought I’d share.

It’s going to be 67 out today.  It’s 8:58am and I am already antsy to go outside and play.  Work first, that’s what I keep reiterating to myself.  Enjoy the weather today.  Ride a bike!  Take a walk.  Go out and run.  Just BE OUTSIDE!

Keep riding.

A cold and windy Sat filming but we still had an impressive AND gender-balanced turnout 🙂

Just thought this was a pretty photo.  All kinds of bikes leaning up against a classic ticket booth Ohio Theater

One of the Bicentennial Events was a ‘Trending Now’ Fashion Show.  This was pre-fashion show and Brutus was very eager to try out our Bike Share Bike.  He totally rocks it, eh?

That’s me and a ‘to be’ Bike Share bike.  Come on, Columbus!!!  Jody is behind me with her folding bike – ‘Foldie Hawn’

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So yesterday here in Columbus, Ohio was ‘Car Free’ Day.  I took over an on-stree t parking spot right in front of the Columbus Dispatch.  My main reason…. they are a huge company and can afford to lose a spot for a few hours 🙂  I invited a handful of other Lady Leaders that truly inspire me and make Columbus better, everyday.

I created a makeshift garden and invited:  Maryellen O’Shaughness, Jenny Brodie, Elizabeth Lessner and Jeni Britton Bauer.  They absolutely had a blast and were very thankful for the invite.  I couldn’t have thought of a better way to celebrate an event that needs to happen more than once as well as with amazing women on such an amazing, beautiful day.  We made the Dispatch.  Here are few other photos:

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