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

Spring Cleaning/Maintenance of your Bike March 29

IMG_20150930_181454Emily Jensen will lead this workshop to help women prepare their bikes for the coming season.  Join us at Free Cycles, Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30.  Bring your bike, your questions, and even food and/or drink to share, and enjoy the comraderie of other women interested in being more independent with their bikes.

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 20!  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.

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:
  • 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