Women Bike Missoula

Women Bike Missoula brings women together to make bicycling possible to more women and girls by sharing our knowledge, experiences, and the joy of biking.

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Upcoming Events

3rd Birthday Ride April 26

2014-04-25 MizzBs Ready to RideBe sure to mark your calendars for our 3rd birthday celebration ride on April 26!  Meet at Big Sky Cycles for a brief maintenance workshop at 5:15, and plan to start biking at 5:45 on the Milwaukee Trail.  We will follow our traditional route just past Reserve Street,  an approximate 10-mile out-and-back, but also offer a 5-mile option for those who want a shorter ride.  Celebration includes cake (at the start?) and optional dinner at Brooks and Brown.  Our inaugural ride was in Ap2014-04-25 MizzBs Introductionril, 2014, so this is our 3rd birthday ride.

 

May is Bike Month!

Bike Swap May 6-7

Be sure to check out the Bike Walk Alliance of Missoula (BWAM) annual Bike Swap coming on May 6-7.  You can bring bikes or gear on Saturday, May 6, and then come buy on May 7.  This is a fundraiser for BWAM and Free Cycles.  Volunteers are needed!  Please call Laurie for more information or to sign up.

Bridge Celebration Ride May 24

We hope to sponsor or at least support several rides and other bike  activities in May, but for sure we’re planning a Bridge Celebration Ride on May 24  to celebrate the opening of the bike-ped overpass bridge on Reserve Street.  Details will be published later, but plans are to start at the intersection (circle) of the Milwaukee Trail and the Bitterroot Trail (just north of Silver Park/Ogren Field.)  Some of us plan to continue to Lolo (and the Lolo Peak Brewery), a 20-mile round trip.  Those who prefer a shorter ride could go just over the bridge and would have a 4-5 mile round trip ride.  Stay tuned for the details.

Sharing our Joy of Biking, while helping new friends

As Missoula gradually warms up and streets dry out, we’re ready to re-launch this special opportunity to carry out our mission to make biking possible for more women and girls…  By collaborating with the Soft Landings Committee we can help our new refugee families become confident users of the bikes Free Cycles has generously provided.  In addition to basic help and rules of the road, we can show them our great paths and bike lanes and help them find the best routes for biking safely to work, school, and errands.  We were able to help just two families, one from Iraq and one from the Congo, before snow arrived, and it was a rewarding experience for all of us!
Now, as biking conditions improve, we hope to reach the several families who have arrived since October. Please contact Ethel  if you want to participate in any capacity,  and include your questions, suggestions, offer of special skills, and interest in how you would like to be involved:
  • Help a woman learn to ride a bike.  As she learns, ride on paths, then quiet streets, teaching signals and rules of the road.
  • Be a family’s designated “bike buddy” who helps the family, especially mothers, become skilled and confident bicyclists who know the best routes to their usual destinations.
  • Organize or participate in a small social ride for representatives of one or two families.
  • Be on an “on-call” list to help any refugee find the best route to a specific destination.
  • Donate helmets, locks, or other accessories such as trailers, child carriers, racks, or baskets.
  • Add your name to a list of “interested” but not able to commit to specifics at this time.
  • Come to a MizzBs social event to learn more and possibly connect with some of the Soft Landings family team leaders.  (Each family has a team of five mentors).
  • Offer suggestions and ideas.

Our recent work with a family from Iraq has been very rewarding. Waleed, the dad, has been grateful for help in learning the rules of the road and how to bike on our paths and discover beautiful places like Silver Park.  He is even more excited about our help in teaching his wife,  Wasan, learn to bicycle.  More recently we have worked with mother Vanici and daughter  Sifa from the Congo.   Please respond asap to let us know how you’d like to be involved.img_20161028_160727img_20161028_162419img_20161113_151655

If you have signed up at one of our events, you should be receiving our monthly e-newsletters.  If not, check your e-mail folder options for “promotions” and you may find they have been diverted to that location.  For info and photos on past activities, see our Previous Events Page.

Women are a distinct minority, an estimated 24%, when it comes to bicycle travel.  We would like to change the statistics by sharing our love of biking and reaching out to more women to start using a bike for transportation, health, and fun.  We are inspired by the words of Susan Anthony:

Woman Celebrating Biking

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”― Susan B. Anthony