WE Bike NYC!
At the end of February, WE Bike NYC officers got together for a marathon planning session. After seven hours of chart-making, vision-planning, pizza and donuts, we came up with some guidelines for where WE Bike NYC wants to go in the future.
WE'd love to share some of the goals we outlined for 2013:
This year, WE decided that the best way forward is to become an LLC, and to possibly work towards becoming a non-profit a couple of years in the future. WE're taking steps to do that. WE also want to trademark our name, and at the same time, form partnerships with groups across the country.
WE want to make sure to provide consistent, high-quality programming. Going forward, this will include at least one social ride or field trip, one mechanics workshop, one training or workout ride, and one bike brunch where WE Bike NYC members and women in the bike community can get together, eat, talk shop, talk non-shop and have a great time.
WE want to grow! WE've gotten such great feedback from everyone who has gone on WE Bike rides or trained at one of our great workshops that WE want to double our membership by the end of 2013. That means reaching 100 new individuals. Help us spread the word!
Of course, spending seven hours with smart, go-getter ladies means WE sorted through many more topics and ideas. WE'd be happy to share the rest of our vision, and WE'd love to know what you think. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, comments, thoughts or concerns.
WE Bike NYC Vision Statement: WE want NYC’s cycling community to reflect the diversity of the city. Through innovative programming on and off the bike and partnerships with local communities, WE create a supportive environment for women, girls, transgender and gender nonconforming people to get where they want to go.
WE Bike NYC Mission Statement: WE Bike NYC is a group based in New York City open to all women and transgender people who enjoy biking (or think they might). WE Bike NYC aims to break down barriers to cycling by offering social rides, training rides, mechanics workshops and ride scholarships. WE Bike because it’s a great way to get around New York, it’s healthy and it’s FUN!
March 4-6 - National Bike Summit
and National Women's Cycling Forum
This year 3 WE Bike women went down to Washington DC to rub elbows with cycling advocates, industry giants and law makers to talk about the future of cycling in the US. It was an incredible, inspiring and exhausting experience WE'll tell you more in our next newsletter! Check out the photo below of us taking the Capitol by (very cold) bike!
Bicycle Roots Campaign
Help the largest female owned shop in NYC get back on its' feet!
WE Bike NYC Female Bike Forum on FB
- ask questions, get answers from other women and trans folk. Share cool stories, learn new stuff!
March 13 - Bike Commuting 101 with Bike New York
Bike Commuting 101 is an inspiring one-hour presentation covering the many benefits of bike commuting. While no riding is involved, the class provides oodles of information on ways you can make your bike commute more comfortable, more efficient and safer. And giveaways! no pre-registration is required for this free class.
March 14 - Road Ready Clinic with Bicycle Habitat (Brooklyn)
Spring is near and it's time to get your bike road-ready! This hands-on clinic will teach you how to check your bike and make sure it's in top-top shape. Preventative maintenance will save you in the short run, preventing flats, injury and other damage -- we'll walk you through what you need to know - and then break up into groups to apply your knowledge on your own ride.
March 30 - Red Hook Criterium @ Brooklyn Cruise Terminal
If you've ever wanted to check out the bike "scene," it is never quite as big as at this race/party! The brainchild of David Trimble returns for its third annual night ride. Unsanctioned and unfiltered, this race is a blast to enter or ride. Bring your own messenger bag and flannel shirt.
New York Cycle Club Rides
- Check out a huge variety of group rides offered by NYC Cycle Club!
- Everything that’s anything that’s happening in the bike world in NYC this summer will be here. Bookmark it now so you don’t miss out!
April 6 - Family Bike Bonanza 3rd Ave between Douglas and Degraw
Bike Swap, Learn to Ride Classes, Bike Safety Clinics!
April 4 - VeloCity Benefit Party!
VeloCity is one of the coolest programs in NYC. They work with high school youth to teach urban planning, cycling and leadership skills. http://velocity-rides.org/
OPEN BAR, FOOD, MINGLE with New York City's movers-and-shakers, receive A SPECIAL GIFT and bid on the silent auction! WE Bike will be there! Join us!