Josie is a bike advocate by way of personal experience. What cycling means to her and to her life, her health, her sanity, and her strength (on and off the bike) is what drives her to build her site, Life on Two Wheels, where her story and others’ stories can connect, support, and inspire women to ride. She’s started a series highlighting women from around the U.S. with a question and answer format. I’m honored to be one of the first ones interviewed, and my experience is that Josie is thoughtful and mindful of the power of The Story. She and I shared many emails about our paths to our cycling lives and even on a screen her warmth comes across and you find yourself wanting to have coffee with her and share more. Thank you, Josie. I hope we collaborate again soon.
As more of my blog postings and cycling community activities revolve around supporting women’s cycling on many levels, I’m meeting other women who feel as strongly and do something about it. Below is a link to a great list of female-identified rides and groups/companies that offer support for women’s cycling. Feel free to add to the list, too!
Sunday, March 23rd @ 10:30am to Gjelina Take Away
Meet: 10am / Ride: 10:30am
Planned by the awesome Brianna, from The Sister Sledge blog:
In the spirit of Crash Marathon we will be riding from the East Side to the West Side for brunch. This is not for the faint of heart, but you will work up an appetite. The ride is approximately 15 miles one way.
We’ll be meeting the The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina in East Hollywood. They run a really great night on Mondays for Women/Trans/Femme only, creating a safe space for us to learn how to fix our bikes and swap knowledge. Check it out some Monday if you can.
Our route will take us through Hollywood along Fountain, through West Hollywood, the residential part of Beverly Hills and then down along the Ballona Creek Bike Path. We plan to stop by Menotti’s for a cup o’ joe, since it is a fellow cyclist’s new shop, on our way to Gjelina.
If anyone would like to volunteer to meet us at Gjelina with a vehicle that has a bike rack for those who would like to do half of the ride please send an email to the address below. You can also catch the Gold Line from Culver City, if you would prefer to digest brunch on a mode of transportation other than your bicycle.
This month, Bike Talk, a KPFK and KillRadio.org podcast, hosted 9 amazing women to discuss women and biking. I was thrilled and honored to be included in this podcast. We discussed issues from safety to cat-calling and everything in between. The group consisted of ride leaders, social justice leaders, and community leaders – read everyone’s short bio on the website. I feel each of these women is forging a new LA that is equal, fair, safe and enjoyed by bicycle.
Give a listen to the podcast here. It’s not long but it’s well worth it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
We’re setting the tone for another year of pedaling ahead of us with our first bike brunch of the month. This month we’re going to ride over to Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock for some (almost) home-cooked comfort food. Don’t be afraid of the yummy calories we’ll consume, you’ve got a whole year of fun rides ahead of you!
This time we’ll be meeting the The Bicycle Kitchen/La Bicicocina in East Hollywood. They run a really great night on Mondays for Women/Trans/Femme only, creating a safe space for us to learn how to fix our bikes and swap knowledge. Check it out some Monday if you can. Our route will take us through Atwater Village into Eagle Rock, showing off the new bike lanes on Glendale Blvd.
Also want to give credit to Brianna, new bruncher and new Angeleno, for helping to jumpstart the energy and planning for this year’s W/T/F Bike Brunch. She’s a behind-the-scenes gem of a friend who should be recognized for her efforts. You can get to know her better through her website The Sister Sledge or meet her on January 26th.
Email me to RSVP – brakingthelimits(at)gmail(dot)com!
For the start of fall (end of fall?), let’s celebrate female power in biking with a tribute of movies on the big screen. OK, big wall. The Bicycle Kitchen’s Bicycle Bitchen night is co-hosting with me a bike-in movie night showcasing 4 shorts and films featuring female power!
November 16 starting at 5:30PM at the Bicycle Kitchen, 4429 Fountain Ave at Virgil Ave.
Let’s make it a sweets and treats POTLUCK! We’ll have popcorn and spiced apple punch (spiked perhaps?). Bring your blankets and chairs. Plenty of bike parking.
Bike love, the story about a girl and her love for her bike. Shot around Los Angeles and featuring an active member of the Angelopes and MR. Directed by Rick Darge.
Georgena Terry: The Movie
Amanda Zackem’s documentary about Terry, the woman who founded Terry bicycles and revolutionized the women’s biking industry by creating a frame specific to a woman’s body.
Brokeback Mountain Bikes
Starring Glenys del Marvellous and Jacqui Twister this is the story of two cowgirls who ride their folding bikes through the wild west and fall into the naughty tent, boots and all!
Racing Is Life: The Beryl Burton Story
For those that have heard the name but know very little about Beryl Burton, Beryl was a no nonsense Yorkshire tomboy who won the RTTC Best All Rounder 25 years in a row from 1959 until 1983. She was 7 times world champion in the 3,000 metre pursuit and on the road – all while being a mother and holding down jobs on fruit farms in West Yorkshire.