The first ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit happened last week in Long Beach, CA. I didn’t go, but I’ve been enjoying reading the online accounts from those who did. Here are some accounts of what I missed:
The League of American Bicyclists has declared the Summit a huge success. They might be a bit biased since they put it on, but others have attested to this success as well. There’s a nice recap of everything on their blog.
Legendary Portland bike activist Elly Blue of Taking the Lane shares Emily Finch’s video about going car-free with 6 kids. By most accounts this video was one of the highlights of the conference, and Finch is wickedly funny, which is why this video is set to go viral.
LA Streets Blog was one of many inspired by keynote speaker Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief.
And last, but certainly not least, Lowrah of Grease Rag was representing the Twin Cities in Long Beach (along with Claire Stoscheck of St. Paul’s Cycles for Change, a presenter at Beyond Spandex). Lowrah’s recap covers the keynote address, the two breakout session she attended (Beyond Spandex and Young Women Who Ride) and the bike fashion show fundraiser.
A one-day meet up of women who are shaking up cycling and transportation is producing waves across the internet. I can’t wait to see what happens when all the knowledge and experience shared starts hitting the ground in cities across the U.S. Did someone say, “annual event?”
**Bumping the comment up into the main post. Somehow I missed the fact that Lowrah had already published a more in-depth synthesis of web buzz, which includes links to the articles mentioned here plus many more. Go read her Round-Up.