Rochester Women's Bike Festival
Women are often the bellwether of safe cycling – but many women don’t feel safe biking in and around their communities. The Rochester Women’s Bike Festival was a free event that aimed to meet women (trans-inclusive) where they are and demonstrate everyone can be a bicyclist in their community – and the Rochester community responded! Over 120 women attended the inaugural event. To overcome common obstacles women face in attending these types of events, the festival offered free child care and ASL interpretation.
Spearheaded by Rochester bicycling advocates and businesswomen Karen Rogers and Susan Levin, the festival featured a full day of workshops and classes with topics such as how to visit a bike shop, bike mechanics, road safety, and how to dress for the ride. The class discussing parts of a bicycle featured women’s cycling luminary Georgena Terry (Terry Bicycles).
The festival was sponsored by NYBC, Exercise Express, City of Rochester, WXXI Public Media, R Community Bikes, Inc, nuun, WomenTours, Rochester Cycling Alliance, Yellow Haus Bicycles, Paparazzi Accessories, United Healthcare, It Works, Zagster, Black Girls Do Bike – Rochester Chapter.