Only 38% of Capital Bikeshare riders currently identify as female. That’s why we’re highlighting local groups like Women & Bicycles and Black Women Bike during Women’s History Month - they share our mission to #CloseTheFenderGap!
Both of these groups are affiliated with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) and offer a peer-to-peer experience that inspires women to bike, participate, teach, advocate, and lead in the bike movement. You can check out their facebook pages for the most up to date information on events and group rides: Black Women Bike, Women & Bicycles.
In addition to sponsoring these local groups, WABA advocates for gender equality in biking through a diverse range of programs including workshops, rides, social events and a mentorship program for women who cycle.
Last October, we teamed up with them to host a tour of DC’s famous female statues and were thrilled to learn about the impact women have had on this incredible city. Check out the full list of statues below for a DIY guided ride!
Joan of Arc in Meridian Hill Park
Vietnam Women's Memorial
Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial
The Statue of Freedom atop the U.S Capitol
Mary McLeod Bethune in Capitol Hill
Encourage all the female identifying ladies in your life to give biking a try this month and take our self-guided tour! Together we can #CloseTheFenderGap in biking.