Beyond Spandex, Toward Social Justice: Women Redefining the Movement

In cities across the country, long-standing stereotypes of the American bicyclist are falling away. As more women and people of color start riding in their diverse communities, MAMILs — middle-aged men in Lycra — are becoming just one face in the growing crowd.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, in 2001, caucasians accounted for 83 percent of bicycle trips. By 2009, that number had dropped to 77 percent. Last year, in a study about the bicycling renaissance in North America, Rutger’s researcher John Pucher emphasized that “cycling rates are rising fastest among African Americans, Hispanics and Asian Americans.”

From Los Angeles to New York City, from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, women are leading the way in this transformation of the bicycle movement — and several inspiring women will share their stories and best practices at the National Women’s Bicycling Summit on September 13 in Long Beach, Calif. Read more below and get your ticket today — there’s fewer than 50 spots remaining!