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March News and Events from
WE Bike NYC!

How do WE know spring is on its way? Our calendar of rides and events is filling up! WE look forward to talking bikes and riding bikes with you this month.

WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

 

WE Bike NYC Happy Hour
Thursday, March 12
6:30-8:30pm, Three's Brewing, 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn

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Spring is coming! Join us at our monthly all-gender happy hour to hang out, build community and talk bikes!
 

WE Workshop: Fat Bikers
Creating Space for Body Size Diversity in Our Bicycle Communities

Thursday, March 19
7pm-9pm, Transportation Alternatives, 111 John Street #260, Manhattan

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WE Bike NYC welcomes fat cyclists Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky, profiled in the Washington Post and featured on the cover of Bicycling Magazine, who bike as a means of transportation, adventure, and fun. And they're determined to get more fat people riding bikes too. Join Kailey and Marley for this workshop on body size diversity in cycling and learn how we all can play a role in making our spaces more size inclusive. This session will also include real-world advice about equipment considerations for fat people when biking, gear recommendations, and fun stories about adventure cycling. Read more about what to expect here.

Note: This event is open to all genders.
 

WE Ride for Dumplings
Sunday, March 22
11am, wheels down 11:30am, Pier 84 (Hudson River Greenway at 44th St, just south of Intrepid), Manhattan

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Join WE Bike NYC for a fun social ride from midtown west to Chinatown! This ride will stay mostly on bike paths/lanes and small side streets, but participants should be comfortable riding in traffic. WE'll end the ride at Columbus Park in Manhattan's Chinatown. Total distance is about 5 miles. Participants can purchase dumplings and other treats adjacent to the park, and enjoy an early spring picnic together in historic Chinatown.

Please bring your helmet, water, and some cash to purchase food. A limited number of free Citi Bikes will be available for participants who don't have their own bike. Please email us at info@webikenyc.org to reserve a Citi Bike. 

Note: This event is for women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.
 

WE Talk: Bike Taiwan
Tuesday, March 31
7pm-9pm, Kween Kargo, 79A West Street, Brooklyn

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WE Bike NYC volunteer Katie Reilly will give a presentation on her epic 700 mile bike tour around the island of Taiwan! In addition to talking about her adventures, she'll discuss how she planned her self-supported ride, including route planning and bike-specific travel logistics. Katie's talk will inspire those of you thinking about bike touring and provide nuts and bolts advice on planning your very own Taiwan bike tour.

Note: This event is open to all genders.

 

Meet a WE Biker: Shannon Smith

Every volunteer brings something special to our organization. And WE count on them—whether they’re leading our rides or writing our newsletters or responding to mail or building our website. This month's volunteer is Shannon Smith. Get to know her here!
Photo credit: Cole Wilson

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?
The infamous Annie Londonderry Ride! I had just started commuting to work by bike and wanted to find some group rides. I saw this ride listed and knew instantly I wanted to join! I felt welcomed, comfortable, and part of something important. I’ve been involved with WE Bike ever since!

What's your favorite route?
How can I choose? I love to ride around Governor’s Island, I see something new every time I’m there. I also love the Old Putnam trail, it’s stunning in the fall. Also, any route that leads to a beach. Even my daily commute to and from work in Upper Manhattan is fun!  Each route gives me a peek at a different side of our city.
 
What do you ride?
I have two bikes: Gladys, a Giant Via hybrid. She even has a vanity New York license plate with her name on it! My road bike is a Cannondale CAAD named Kermit von Smith. (Yep, I’m *that* person. I name my bikes!)
 
Why do you love WE Bike NYC?

I love feeling like I’m part of something bigger than myself-an amazing, engaging community of advocates and athletes.  Everyone is welcome and no two rides are the same. There is literally something for everyone. I’ve met some fantastic people and been challenged, inspired, nourished by the diverse group of riders I’ve met. WE Bike helped me fall in love with the city by seeing it from two wheels--it changed my perspective in the best possible way! 

WE Can't Do It Without You!

WE Bike NYC is now an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WE are still entirely volunteer-run, but it takes money for us to maintain our current standards of operation. 
 
If you are looking for a way to support fun, free, noncompetitive bicycle events and programming specifically for women, please consider donating to WE Bike NYC! 
DONATE NOW!

Community Events

Here are some of our favorite bike events in the #bikenyc community this month!

Let's Bike Hudson Valley featuring the Brown Bike Girl
Saturday, March 7
1pm-4pm, 29 N. Hamilton St, Poughkeepsie, NY

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Learn about how bikes can change lives.  Hear what the city has planned for bicycle infrastructure.  Tell the city what a safe street should look like.  Learn basic bike repairs, riding skills, helmet fit and safety tips.  Share your vision for bicycling in Poughkeepsie! 

International Women's Day Ride
Sunday, March 8
11am-1pm, Trek Bicycle UWS, 231 W. 96th St, Manhattan

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Let’s hear it for the ladies! Join Trek for an International Women’s Day ride to celebrate the strong, caring, inspiring women in your life. Their Women’s Advocate will lead this 50-km no-drop ride along the water with stops at the Cloisters and the lighthouse for pictures and a short rest. The ride ends in the afternoon back at the shop with light refreshments, raffle prizes, goody bags, and great times.

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