Why Women Bike
If you could tell a room full of women that are interested in biking or a little nervous to get started, what would you tell them? Would you tell them what kind of bike to get or what to wear? How about the best routes or bike shops? Or which areas to extra careful in or the rules of the road? For many of us, that’s where we start, the logistics. Those things are important, but I want to encourage more of us to share the “why we love it” and “this could only happen on a bike” stories.
Let’s encourage more women to aspire to a life on two wheels, to be wooed by the passion and freedom.
I personally, am happiest on my bike. Exploring Seattle on two wheels allows me to see things I would have never noticed on a bus or in the car – peek-a-boo views of the mountains or architectural details on my favorite buildings. Plus, I love showing up in heels and having people ask me if I really rode my bike there.
I got curious what others would say, so I asked a few of my favorite ladies on two wheels why they love to bike…
“I love biking, not just for the fitness aspect, but because its so social. When I ride through Seattle, I see friends on the street and its easy for us to stop and chat or keep riding and exchange a few words. It’s the commonality of biking that makes it my favorite sport. As for how good I look in jeans when I bike, instead of drive?… that’s just a happy bi-product!’” - Anna Rose Telcs, Seattle Fashion Designer, Artist
“Being located in both NYC and Washington, DC, we find getting around our cities by bike is not only convenient but fun. We feel you don’t need special gear to bike so we designed the GiveLoveCycle Guilden to fill a void of a practical, stylish bicycle bag to take you throughout your daily routine, whether it’s riding past the White House or through Times Square!” – Mari and Debra from Give Love Cycle, Washington DC and NYC
“Riding a bike is the most fun, independent, spirited way to move throughout the city. It adds a slice of childlike energy to my daily routine. When I arrive by bike, I will always arrive in a good mood.” – Rachel Ravitch, Seattle Designer
“I love using my bicycle to get around for a number of reasons, most of all the feeling of freedom. I am enchanted by being able to smell the flowers in spring and the icy wind from the mountains in winter. In Seattle you can view the Cascades and the Olympics on most routes through the city. Unlike in a car or bus, you are able to pull over onto the sidewalk and chat with a friend, and parking is always free!” – Sonia McBride, BabeCycle, Seattle
“I love biking because it is invigorating and relaxing at the same time. I like to feel the wind in my hair. I also get all my best ideas on my bike.” – Maria Boustad, PoCampo, Chicago
“Besides it being efficient and a workout bonus, it’s the best way to fully experience the city. When you’re in a car or bus, you can only see Amsterdam. I want to smell it and feel it too…wind and, yes, even rain.” – Bethany Papenbrock, Producer, Amsterdam / Seattle
“Riding a bicycle in New York City is the most efficient way to travel. There’s no waiting for a bus or a taxi — I just get on my bike and go. And while others sit and stress in traffic, I’m outdoors, taking in the city views and enjoying some exercise on the way to my destination.” – Susi Wunsch, VeloJoy, NYC
“What I love about my bike commute are the smells. My ride takes me past the aroma of coffee shops, whiffing the fragrance of blooming bushes and through the enchanting sea air. Inhale, exhale, I arrive ready for the day.” – Juliette Delfs, Hub & Bespoke, Seattle
We want to know why you love to bike, leave a comment or use #love2bike to share on Twitter or Instagram and share your story.