BikeWalkKC is Hosting the Region’s First Women’s Bicycling Summit, the KC Women’s Bike Summit, On May 10, 2014

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The local cycling and pedestrian advocacy group is hosting the event to launch its new Women Bike KC initiative to get more local women on bicycles.

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'We hope to empower women to get on bicycles and participate in their communities as riders and leaders, and bring the nationwide momentum of more women on bikes to Kansas City,' says Sarah Shipley, BikeWalkKC’s marketing and communications director.

The gender gap in bicycling will get its first regional stage when the KC Women’s Bike Summit takes place May 10, 2014 at the Kauffman Foundation. BikeWalkKC, the region’s cycling and pedestrian advocacy group, is organizing the event to create a launching pad for its new Women Bike KC initiative.

“We hope to empower women to get on bicycles and participate in their communities as riders and leaders, and bring the nationwide momentum of more women on bikes to Kansas City,” says Sarah Shipley, BikeWalkKC’s marketing and communications director.

Women still ride at much lower rates than men - making up just 24 percent of bike trips in 2009. The KC Women’s Bike Summit will create a venue for women of all ages and backgrounds to come together and celebrate bicycling, discuss issues that are relevant and important to female cyclists and provide hands-on opportunities for women to become more confident.

The day’s events will include speakers, workshops, panels, hands-on clinics and more to raise awareness about cycling among women and discuss strategies of how to get more local women on bicycles. If you would like to be a speaker, sponsor, host a workshop, or participate in the planning committee contact sarah.shipley(at)bikewalkkc(dot)org.

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