Did you know that only 24% of women ride bikes, down from 30% ten years ago? In general, ridership has increased—and we should celebrate that—but guys overwhelmingly rule the road.
The premise of these women-only gatherings—for novice and experienced riders—is to support and enrich their overall experience. Charlene advertised that she'd conduct a simple flat repair clinic, if there was interest.
|Charlene and Karen.|
Conversation flows. Karen is drawn by the companionship. Her husband doesn't ride much anymore. Interestingly, she's encountered a similar experience to my own, hooking up with a local club ride. It was billed as a "tour", but the pace was more race-like, leaving slower folks behind. I recall that it felt like I was riding alone.
All too soon we stop on the Winooski River bridge, original turnaround. The fog swirls. We are game to go farther. More talk. We try the Causeway Trail, but the surface is still covered in coarse rocks, allowing heavy equipment operators the ability to make final repairs. A quick jaunt around Mills Point then we swing back. The ladies humor me while I stop for a lawn sale. I bring home a stuffed monkey for my son's collection. Another woman buys little cars for a work display. We chat about how fun sales are by bike; little space equals little purchases.
Riding with women can be relaxing and social. I follow Let's Go Ride a Bike's Women Who Bike Brunch series, wondering if I should organize a similar outing.
|Repair stand, pump, and tools outside Local Motion's offices.|
|Karen and Leah inspect the work station.|
Charlene is excited to continue the events in the Spring. These organized ladies-only rides are in their infancy, of course, but the possibilities are promising. Want to come along for the ride?