Bike Pittsburgh’s First Women & Biking event was an amazing start to a future of many more Women & Biking events
Bike Pittsburgh and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh– Main Zine Collection partnered on the first of a series of Women and Biking Zine nights. Roundabout Brewery donated beer to accompany the snacks provided by the evening’s host restaurant e² Pittsburgh in Highland Park. The pre-registration for the event sold out and three generations of (mostly) women from a variety of backgrounds came together to talk about their experiences living and bicycling in and around Pittsburgh.
Jude Vachon of the Carnegie Library brought dozens of selections from the bicycling zine collection that were written by, and focused on women for attendees to read and discuss. She explained how to create a pamphlet or zine of one’s own, inspiring women to write and sketch their stories. From people who mountain bike to commuters to solely trail riders, they read the zines and narrated anecdotes while writing, drawing, and sharing their own stories and ideas about being women who want to ride bicycles freely. The pages that the women created or brought with them to the event are currently being formatted and turned into the first issue of a the Pittsburgh Women and Biking zine!
If you missed this one, don’t worry, there will be another one this winter, so stay tuned!
BikePGH’s Better Bikeways Vision stresses that Pittsburgh’s bike routes must be interconnected, safe, attractive, and comfortable in order to appeal to people of all ages, especially those who are interested in riding a bike but concerned for their safety. Learn more about BikePGH’s Better Bikeways Vision.