Women’s Bicycling Workshops a HUGE success!

Through Boston Bikes, the City of Boston is joining a growing movement around the U.S. to focus specifically on women’s cycling. As part of the Women and Family Cycling Initiative, which launched in August 2012, Boston Bikes held its first two women’s on-bike workshops last week…and they were a HUGE success!

The first workshop was held on Tuesday, September 25th. Women gathered near the Ruggles Hubway Station for some instruction and a commuter-focused bike ride.

Dylan Johnstone, Boston Bikes cycling instructor, addressed topics such as bike safety, road safety, bike and helmet fitting, and gear and clothes for the commuter.

Then participants put their knowledge into action on a group ride that included cycle facilities such as the Southwest Corridor and the Columbus Ave. bike lane.

Boston.com showed up too! Check out their coverage!

The second workshop was held on Saturday, September 29th. On this gloomy morning, women still gathered at a Roxbury Community College parking lot to participate in an on-bike clinic led by former bike czar, Nicole Freedman. Participants practiced skills for the commuter, such as braking, swerving, signaling, and looking over one shoulder.

A fix-a-flat lesson was led by Wheelworks.

And then participants hit the streets on a group ride that covered riding in a bike lane, using a bike box, and merging into a rotary.

Thanks to Roxbury Community College and Wheelworks for their support in making this day possible!

Due to the overwhelming positive response to our first two workshops, Boston Bikes plans to hold more workshops and events starting in the spring. If you are interested in participating in one of our women’s bicycling workshops, but were unaware or unable to make it to the last ones, don’t worry, we’ve just gotten started! Write in to womencycling@cityofboston.gov to be added to our mailing list to receive notifications about upcoming women’s cycling opportunities as they arise.

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In 2012, Boston surpassed 60 miles of bike lane. This is up from 60 yards in 2007. We continue to add 10–20 miles per year. Check out the Bike Network Plan to see our plans for the future.

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