Editor’s note: I’ll be attending all of these events and reporting back on what comes out of it with my own impressions. If interested in attending personally all events are seeking to attract more (female) attendees.  Details below.

Long Beach Hosts First National Women’s Bicycling Summit + Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future Urban Bike Fashion Show to Raise Awareness & Opportunities for Women on Bicycling

Long Beach CA – On September 13, 2012 the first-ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit will be held in partnership with the “Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future” urban bike fashion in downtown Long Beach California on the last day of the National Pro Walk/Pro Bike: Pro Place 2012 conference. Tickets for the two women-focused events combined are just $35.00! Click here to sign up!

Illustrating how the bicycle can inspire both personal and cultural revolutions, Leah Missbach Day, co-founder of World Bicycle Relief, will be the keynote speaker at the Women’s Bicycling Summit. Day will set the stage for these two events aimed at increasing the number of women riding bikes and empowering female leadership at all levels of the bicycling movement.

This collaboration couldn’t be more-timely. With rising gas prices, increased traffic congestion and the dire warnings about the cost and harmful impact of sedentary diseases, the bike can be a tool for urban optimism. But as of 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of all U.S. bike trips. Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the National Women’s Bicycling Summit will provide a unique opportunity to network, share best practices and develop action steps to close the gender gap in American bicycling.

The Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future urban bike fashion show, hosted by the Long Beach-based Women on Bikes SoCal initiative, is dedicated to celebrating the joy, beauty and benefits of bicycling for women. The initiative’s goal is to help double the number of women and girls actively riding bikes in Southern California over the next five years by harnessing the power of style and fashion to engage and empower women to embrace the bike as a smart, cost-effective and healthy mobility tool.

“These events will provide a powerful opportunity to learn from each other, build a network of female leaders from coast to coast, and work toward a bike future where women don’t account for just 24 percent of bike trips, but are equally represented on the streets and in the movement,” said Carolyn Szczepanski, communications director for the League of American Bicyclists.

The Women’s Bicycling Summit will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on September 13, 2012. The Cycle Chic: Past, Present & Future urban bike fashion show will take place right across the street at The Promenade in downtown Long Beach from 6:30 to 9:30 pm. After party events will continue until 11:30 pm. Tickets for the Summit (open to both women and men) including the Cycle Chic fashion show are $35 and registration is now live. Click here to sign up!

Program and speakers

In addition to the keynote address, the Summit will feature six break-out sessions, including media, diversity and car-free families. Speakers will include:

Sponsors for these events include: Jamis Bicycles, TeamEstrogen.com, Gail Copus Spann and Jimm Spann, Liv/Giant, Momentum Magazine, Velojoy.com, Alliance for Biking & Walking, New Belgium Brewing, Choura Events, the Downtown Long Beach Business Association, the Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, Primal Alchemy Catering, interTrend Communications, the Taiwan Tourism Bureau, Joen Garnica Interiors, Violet Love Headbands and more.

Limited scholarships are available for women with financial need: For more information, contact Carolyn Szczepanski at carolyn@bikeleague.org. Visit www.bikeleague.org/conferences/women for additional details and updates.

Learn more about the Cycle Chic urban bike fashion show at www.womenonbikessocal.org. For more information about the fashion show contact Melissa Balmer at wobsocal@gmail.com or via tel. at (562) 512-0197. VIP tickets for the fashion show are also available on the website for $50.00 per person.

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Then the very next week, an industry level event for attendees of #Interbike.

SpokesWomen in collaboration with Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC)
#INTERBIKE 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact:  Robin Bylenga, Pedal Chic LLC, 864-201-2378, robin@pedalchic.com

Greenville, SC — August 27, 2012.  SpokesWomen, a professional networking group for women in the cycling industry founded by Robin Bylenga, creator and proprietor of Pedal Chic, a women’s specific bike shop and April Lemly, founder of Chicks on Bikes Radio, are excited to announce several networking events at Interbike 2012 in Las Vegas, NV in September.  SpokesWomen and Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition (OIWC) have teamed up to host two networking events coinciding with the largest annual gathering for the cycling industry, Interbike 2012. Interbike provides an opportunity to connect with the entire industry, discover emerging trends and learn new business ideas at the Interbike University.

SpokesWomen and OIWC are partnering for the second annual Happy Hour and Networking event on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 4-6 pm in the Women’s Lounge of the OIWC booth.  Attendees are encouraged to stop by for a drink, network, and learn more about joining SpokesWomen and OIWC– two women’s groups serving the cycling industry.  On Friday morning, September 21st, the SpokesWomen Launch Meeting will take place from 8 – 9 am in Room 402 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.  Bagels and coffee will be served.  Please follow #SpokesWomenUS hashtag for updates on Twitter.

Event sponsors include Primal, Sheila Moon, League of American Bicyclists, Adventure Cycling, Raelynn Miller, Chicks on Bikes Radio and Pedal Chic.

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About OIWC:  The mission of OIWC to to promote advocacy, education and resources for women in the outdoor, bike and snowsports industries, with a vision of respect, inclusion and gender equality at every level in the workplace.

About SpokesWomen:  SpokesWomen is an association and networking group created to support, empower, educate and promote professional women in the business of cycling.

Pictures from last year’s SpokesWomen event.

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