Keynote Speaker Announced – Women & Biking Forum 2016

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Advocate Vivien Li to speak at 2016 Women & Biking Forum

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Riverlife President and CEO, Vivien Li, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Women & Biking Forum. Riverlife is a non-profit organization which seeks to reclaim, restore, and promote Pittsburgh’s riverfronts. Since Vivien’s arrival in Pittsburgh, she has been one of the key forces in working towards connecting those missing links among our river trails, something the bicycling and walking community has been asking for for years. Bike Pittsburgh is incredibly excited to have Vivien deliver a speech to the attendees of this year’s forum. She is an incredible advocate for public space, and we look forward to hearing her remarks.

Previously, Vivien was at The Boston Harbor Association, where she worked to promote a clean, alive, and accessible Boston Harbor.  Under her leadership, The Boston Harbor Association helped to secure $30 million in state funding to restore Boston Harbor beaches; worked with property owners on the completion of Boston’s 41-mile HarborWalk public access system; convened the first-ever Boston Harbor Forum on Sea-Level Rise; and initiated the Harbor Bound education program for more than 11,000 inner city students.

Vivien is looking forward to discussing with Women & Biking Forum attendees ways to advocate for greater public access and amenities along Pittsburgh’s riverfronts.  “Pittsburgh has such potential to further activate its riverfronts,” said Li, “and I know that the Forum attendees will have great insights to share.  It is an exciting time to be in Pittsburgh.”

With Vivien as our keynote, we look forward to being inspired to be better advocates public space for all. Women play an important role in Pittsburgh’s advocacy, so join us at the forum on April 2nd to hear from one of our city’s key leaders.

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The Forum Schedule: Something for Every Woman 

Bike Maintenance I: Part one, overall bike check including air, brakes, chain, and quick releases, plus how to fix a flat and what tools to carry with you. Led by Karen Brooks.

Winning the Streets We Want: A training on how to be an advocate of biking and walking and the importance of the collective voice. Led by local Bike/Ped committee members Anne Marie Toccket and Donna Green.

Harder/Better/Faster/Stronger: Want to try racing? This conversation will led by veteran cyclocross, road, and mountain athletes. Plus tips on nutrition and training. Led by Patty George and Shequaya Bailey.

Bike Maintenance II: Created by popular demand, this second level will address adjusting braking and shifting. Led by Karen Brooks.

Running Errands by Bike: Your bike can be your best tool for getting around town. Hear what gear (from bags to clothing) and savvy you may need. Led by Anna-Lena Kempen and Ivonne Ortega.

Bike Packing: Tips and discussion on how to make long-distance bike touring comfortable and what to prepare for it. Packing necessities, perks, tips, and joys of touring. Led by Aryn Gaslowitz.


Join us at the Women & Biking Forum on Saturday, April 2nd! Hosted by BikePGH’s Spinnsters, this forum aims to inspire women to incorporate biking into their lives in the way that fits best for them, and develop strategies to break down the barriers to bicycling that specifically affect women. Women and trans* identified people welcome to this day of workshops, keynote speakers, luncheon and more!

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