WOMEN & BICYCLES
There's enough evidence too few women in the Nanaimo area ride bikes. Instead of speculating further on what's discouraging women from biking we are inspiring more women to join the movement.
The Women & Bicycles program is centered on peer-to-peer encouragement, information, and experience through events.
Since the program launched in 1993 in Whitehorse Yukon, hundreds of supporters throughout that region and Roll Models, our program mentors, have helped us host numerous events, engage with 500+ participants in large recreational cycling events, and inspire more than 300 women to make biking a new and rewarding part of their lives.
Now we want the same participation in Nanaimo, BC. If you want to be involved with a women's cycling group from beginners to the more advanced contact us.
Attend our Women & Bicycles Events
The Women & Bicycles program is open to all who identify as women regardless of whether you're a biking protégé or expert.
- Workshops: Bike-related skill sharing every 2nd Sunday of the month (April to October)
- Rides: Accommodating all experience levels every 4th Sunday of the month March to October)
- Coffee Clubs: Morning camaraderie and coffee every Wednesday 8am to 9am
- Mentorship: Pairing up biking expert with biking protégés. See below to learn more
Contact the Women's Bike Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments about the Women & Bicycles program.
BECOME A 'ROLL' MODEL
'Roll' Models are the official Women & Bicycles mentors. These women help achieve our program's mission by bringing new women into the bike movement and by serving as personal mentors who provide encouragement, information, and ongoing support.
How To Be A 'Roll' and Role Model
1. Be an expert of your own experience. You don't need to know everything there is to know about biking—far from it! You only need to have incorporated bicycling into your life as a form of transportation, and a desire to share what you learned along the way with women in your life.
2. Attend a Role Model Orientation. Orientations take place once a month at the GNCC 'office'. We will work through what it means to be a Roll/Role Model, set expectations, and answer your questions. And we'll have snacks.
3. Recruit Proteges. Call upon women in your social circles to be your biking proteges and participate in the program to learn more about bicycling. As a Roll/Roll Model, you'll be a mentor to this group of women you already know—friends, family members, coworkers, book-club members, neighbours, etc.
4. Coordinate a Meetup. This will be a private event specifically for you and your proteges. You'll work with our coordinator to choose a setting in which you feel comfortable to share a coffee or meal and host a round table discussion. We provide all of the content and educational materials and The Buzz (maybe), our program sponsor will provide the delicious coffee or meal!
5. Follow-up and be a mentor. Your proteges' goals and next steps will all vary. It's up to you to determine how to follow-up and make sure they've got what they need to reach their goals. You will probably have to go on bike rides together, convoy to work, visit a local bike shop, check in to hear about progress, and celebrate their successes!
6. Bring your proteges into the fold. Invite them to a Women & Bicycles Facebook forum, attend our workshops and rides together, keep encouraging them to take those next steps, and get them so hooked on biking that they eventually become a 'Roll' Model.