Workshops Announced: 2018 Women & Biking Forum presented by Dollar Bank

Women of all Ages and Skill Levels are Invited

Join 100 other women at the 5th Annual Women & Biking Forum presented by Dollar Bank on Saturday April 7th for a transformative day. This year’s event will take place at The Ace Hotel in East Liberty.

BikePGH’s Women and Biking Program is inclusive towards Femme / Womxn / Gender Non-Conforming / Non-binary people of all ages and backgrounds. Click here to register for the Women and Biking forum today!

This Year’s workshops include:

Hands-on Fix-A-Flat

Fixing flat tires is always a pain in the butt…but it doesn’t have to ruin your ride! Get hands-on experience repairing this common issue for more care-free cycling.

Hosted by:

Katie Blackburn, Women & Queer at Free Ride

Diagnosing problems with your bike

What’s that squeak? That crunching sound? Why are my hands hurting so much? Get to know the parts of a bicycle and common problems from mechanics to comfort.

Hosted by:

Karen Brooks, bike geek & awesome person

Intro to Bike Racing Panel
Learn everything you need to know and ask questions from our team of experts! Learn more about bike racing including road racing, mountain biking, cyclocross, randonneuring, and triathlons. The panel will include Allegheny Cycling Association President Colleen Gryger, Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen Club President Monica VanDieren, Professional BMX Athlete Carley Young and Flat Tire Race Team Member Elise Moore.
Hosted by:

Alexandria Shewczyk, Pittsburgh Triathlon Club President and BikePGH Communications & Marketing Manager

Intro to Camping by Bike

Thinking of going on an overnight adventure or biking the GAP? Let’s review what to bring and how to prepare yourself and your bike for travel.

Hosted by:

Jane Runyan, BikePGH Membership & Outreach Director

Make your own trail snacks + cycling nutrition

Healthy trail snacks can be made right at home–save money and waste and know exactly what’s in your food. We will also review basic nutritional tips for staying nourished while journeying.

Hosted by:

Christina Neumann, Apoidia Apiary + Carola van Eck, MD PhD UPMC Sports Medicine

Activate your voice: writing your cycling story 

From your instagram feed to open letters, your story helps inspire more womxn and femmes to overcome barriers and ride bikes. How can we effectively deliver messages to those around us to activate ourselves and activate others? Let’s strategize and share!

Hosted by: 

Dr. Carrie Tippen, Chatham University English Department + League of American Bicyclists Certified Instructor

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Event Perks

Morning Yoga
Start your morning feeling reinvigorated, rejuvenated and refreshed with Felicia Lane Savage who incorporates several healing modalities into her yoga practice. BYOmat if you can, but let us know if you can’t.

Keynote Speaker: Anna Schwinn
This year’s keynote speaker, Anna Schwinn, won the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition’s First Ascent Award for her work introducing inclusivity initiatives within Quality Bicycle Products in 2013. Anna is the Founder and former President of Koochella Racing, a women/trans/femme focused racing team and club out of Minneapolis, created with the purpose of growing and supporting the women’s field in the local and national community.

Read more about Anna Schwinn in our Q&A by clicking here.

Lunch presented by Alcosan
Included in your registration is lunch provided by The Whitfield’s executive chef Bethany Zozula.

Short Films
During lunch we will feature some short films by or about womxn riders.

Bike Ride presented by Women & Queer at Free Ride
Enjoy a celebratory bike ride after the day’s events! This ride is a no-drop, 10mph maximum speed ride. No one will be left behind–we’re here to have fun.

Healthy Ride and Women & Queer at Free Ride will be present to tell you about their awesome services!


“Excellent! Thank you to all the talented people who made this day happen.”

“It was awesome to reconnect with my love of biking.”

“So many great topics… it was hard to choose! Thanks for an enjoyable event.”

A message from BikePGH’s BikePGH Membership and Outreach Director

“From the cycling industry to the streets, women are navigating through spaces that are dominated by men. The Women & Biking Forum aims to build power, knowledge, and support among women and non-binary people for a better biking community.”

– Jane Runyan

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The Women & Biking Program works to encourage womxn, femme, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people to incorporate bicycling into their lives and increase their representation in the community. By opening the discussion about our lived experiences and challenges, we can assess how to better provide support and resources to ride bikes in Pittsburgh.

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