A LOVE LETTER FROM GIRL BIKE LOVE
Girl Bike Love began in 2010 to empower women and girls through cycling. When I first dipped my toes into the industry in 2005, few women worked in bikes shops or held important decision-making roles in bike companies. Women’s-specific gear was entering into its magic “shrink it and pink it” phase, and women’s racing was simply a side note. There was a great need for a platform for women to learn to ride, to be ambassadors and leaders. Girl Bike Love has been a positive voice for women’s cycling. It’s been a solid foundation and an advocate – legitimizing the need, turning a spotlight on the opportunity, providing women with education and an open invitation to ride. Through that invitation and your participation, we grew a community. With the support of this community, and in partnership with our friends at Language Dept., we launched CycloFemme in 2012. CycloFemme is a global celebration of women – to Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Empower the Future. We have had rides in over 40 countries and in every US state. Using the bicycle at its greatest potential, as a tool to empower, CycloFemme has become a truly global movement. If you’ve joined us on this adventure, THANK YOU. It is with great pride that I see a substantial increase in the number of women riding bikes, knowing we played a small role, as catalyst, teacher, friend, and ride companion. Women in cycling have found a voice. And it is a loud, proud, powerful voice. While CycloFemme continues to build momentum, it is time for Girl Bike Love to breathe deep and expand on our potential. Moving forward, we will welcome, inspire, educate, and advocate for women in the outdoors. From here on out, we will be Brazenly.
WE ARE BOLD: Explorers, Builders, Advocates, and Storytellers – igniting one another through shared experience and an invitation to participate.
WE BELIEVE that strength, resilience, and compassion for our world come through exploration of nature and its community.
WE REGARD access to the outdoors as a fundamental human need and right.