Bike Expo New York Women’s Panel
Will Bike Share Help Close the Cycling Gender Gap?
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1 pm
What: Bike Expo New York Panel Discussion: No Sweat! A Girl’s Guide To Cycling in New York City
Where: Main Stage, Pier 36, Basketball City (Along the East River at South Street and Montgomery Street)
Riding a bicycle in New York City is efficient, affordable, healthy and, above all, fun. Popularity of cycling for transportation and recreation is about to soar to new heights as the new bike share system, due to launch in May, attracts more New Yorkers to this city’s growing network of bike lanes.
Still, women are under-represented among the ranks of New York City cyclists – men outnumber women 3 to 1 in commuter trips, according to the Alliance for Biking and Walking 2012 Benchmarking Report. Overcoming the barriers and making cycling a part of everyday life in the city will be the focus of the panel, No Sweat! A Girls’ Guide to Riding a Bicycle in NYC, presented by the city cycling blog velojoy.com and Bike New York at Bike Expo New York at 1 pm on Saturday, May 4.
A dynamic group of six women, including cycling experts and everyday riders, will join in a frank and lively conversation about their personal experiences, their real-life adventures and their quests to inspire more women to ride. From advice on getting started and building confidence on city streets to practical tips on riding in comfort and arriving in style, the speakers will address the questions most frequently asked by “bike curious” New Yorkers.
The one-hour presentation on the main stage, directly following the BE Chic, BE NY Fashion Show presented by Momentum Mag, also will feature a prize drawing for a reflective tailored cycling rain cape by Cleverhood.
Susi Wunsch is Founder of velojoy.com, a growing online source news, information and inspiration for city cyclists and bike-curious New Yorkers. She uses a bicycle for daily transportation and for road cycling on weekends. Wunsch owns three bicycles, all of which reside in her (understanding) family’s New York City apartment.
Julie Hirschfeld is Founder of Adeline Adeline, a bike shop focusing on beautiful European-style city bikes. Prior to becoming a bike person, Hirschfeld was a partner in the graphic design firm StilettoNYC.
Stephanie Kaplan is Communications Director at African Services Committee, a non-profit based in Harlem. She is a 2013 Women’s Cycling Ambassador for Specialized Bicycles, with a passion for getting more women on two wheels. Kaplan’s love of cycling is rooted in her Peace Corp service in Africa; she commutes to work every day by bike and also races for the Asphalt Green Cycling Team.
Diane Jones Randall is Director of Custom Publishing at NBC Universal’s iVillage. Having inherited a love of New York City history from her father, Randall decided last year to take up cycling both to explore the city and to build fitness. Beginning with short rides on traffic-free paths, Randall steadily expanded her range and mileage. Today,rides on her vintage Raleigh have become a cherished part of Randall's vibrant life in the city.
Dani Simons is the Director of Marketing for NYC Bike Share, the operators of Citi Bike, New York's new bike share system. She has been promoting bicycling and sustainable transportation in New York for nearly a decade, including launching Summer Streets. Simons loves bike commuting and sneaking in longer rides, especially if they involve ice cream.
Caroline Samponaro is Senior Director of Campaigns & Organizing at Transportation Alternatives, New York City's leading transportation advocacy organization. Samponaro is one of the nation’s foremost advocates for urban cycling and has spearheaded New York City’s rapid transformation into a bicycle-friendly city since 2000. When Samponaro isn't bicycling or advocating, she's most likely trying to catch a wave somewhere along the East Coast.