Originally published in Cycles for Change’s October 2012 Newsletter, written by Marianne Baum.
Last month Claire Stoscheck and Marianne Baum, staff of the Community Partners Bike Library at Cycles for Change, a collaboration with 19 Twin Cities organizations to make bikes and education accessible to low-income and marginalized community members, represented the organization at our country’s first-ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach, California.
At the conference, co-hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, they had the opportunity to meet advocates, leaders, and community organizers doing amazing things all over the U.S. to inspire and empower more women to ride bikes and teach others about biking. The summit offered panels about family biking and living without a car, diversity and equity in the cycling movement, engaging youth in cycling and advocacy, and more. Claire presented about the Community Partners Bike Library and Cycles for Change, striving to be an open, accessible space to educate and empower people to use bicycles as transportation and helping to build a sustainable environment and community, and their work with women from diverse communities in a panel called “Beyond Spandex, Toward Social Justice: Women Redefining the Movement.”
This was an amazing opportunity for Cycles for Change to be able to share their work at a national level, to network with others interested in similar issues, and learn from other successful models around the country. It turns out that many cities are interested in starting their own bike libraries!
One of the panelists featured at the conference was Yolanda Davis-Overstreet, the creator and director of a documentary in the making called Ride: In Living Color. The film tells the stories of African American cyclists past and present, highlighting the many ways bicycles positively impact lives in urban communities. To see a trailer of this inspiring film, click here.
Read more about the National Women’s Bicycling Summit here!
To learn more about Cycles for Change, the Community Partners Bike Library, and how to get involved, visit the Cycles for Change website.