BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — The third annual CycloFemme rides held May 11 to mark Women's Global Cycling Day were held in 303 communities worldwide, the organization announced Monday.
Rides were held in the U.S., Australia, Japan, Germany, Rwandi, the U.K. and elsewhere. In the U.S., bike share programs in eight communities made bikes available to participants.
"Women are the wheels of change," said Lisa Mullins after Central Arkansas' third annual CycloFemme ride. "When mothers ride, children will ride. When mothers choose to commute by bicycle, children learn sustainability. When mothers lead an active lifestyle, families are healthier. When mothers fight for safe routes to school, for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and the future of their cities, politicians listen."
CycloFemme co-founder Sarai Snyder said, "This year we truly closed the circle of riders, from Bike Share users to professional athletes and everyone in between. The enormity of impact that this one-day celebration has is not only evident in the number of rides and riders, but diversity of participants, and in the roar of our unified voice on social media.
"We believe that when you bring women together around a shared passion, like bicycling, regardless of what type of bike they ride, that natural connectivity and leadership forms. Moving forward we intend to create more frequent opportunities for women to gather and ride locally, connecting globally for greater support and positive momentum."
CycloFemme is an initiative of Girl Bike Love + Language Dept., sponsored by The League of American Bicyclists.