Podcast: Women of West Town Bikes

For the second LGRAB podcast, I talked with three women of West Town Bikes: Kim Werst, Liz Clarkson, and Mia Moore.  West Town Bikes is a non-profit organization with the goals of promoting bicycling in Chicago, educating youth with a focus on under-served populations, and fostering Chicago’s growing bicycling community.  The women I talked with focus their efforts on Women/Trans Night and the Girls Bike Club.

Women and Trans Night is an offshoot of WTB’s adult program, a weekly open shop night that offers a comfortable and welcoming environment to work on bikes and learn more about bike maintenance.

The Girls Bike Club is an offshoot of WTB’s earn-a-bike youth summer program that teaches bike mechanics and safe cycling skills.  They saw a need for a girls-only group and started the Girls Bike Club.

Some of the teen girls from the Girls Bike Club and their mentors joined our Women-Who-Bike Brunch last month. I wanted to learn more about this fun and impressive group.

To hear about the importance of women-only spaces, the challenges of getting girls on bikes, and how bicycling empowers, listen to the interview below or visit our iTunes page to download the podcast.

West Town Bikes is currently raising money to send the Girls Bike Club to a national bike conference in NYC to give a workshop on how others around the country can organize their own Girls Bike Club. You can DONATE HERE. Click on “Donate Online” and then type “Girls Bike Club” in the designation line.

Did I mention you can DONATE HERE? Any amount helps!

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6 thoughts on “Podcast: Women of West Town Bikes

  1. Cecily Walker says:

    This is good stuff!

  2. Kim says:

    Awesome program! Thanks for publicizing this.
    I have to plug a similar, fabulous organization in St. Louis, St. Louis Bicycle Works, that helps youth through our own earn-a-bike program: http://www.bworks.org/

    :)

  3. Inspiredcyclist.wordpress.com says:

    I can’t get the interview to play, but will fiddle around with it later, as I really want to hear it. The program sounds wonderful. Do you have any more info re: the conference in NY that they are attending? Perhaps there is something I could do to assist on this end. TIA!

    • LGRAB says:

      I don’t know what’s up with the player on this page, but I know the one at the iTunes link works.

      I’ll find out more about the conference and let you know!

    • LGRAB says:

      I don’t know what’s up with the player on this page, but I know the one at the iTunes link works.

      I’ll find out more about the conference and let you know!

  4. [...] – photo by Dottie Brackett, who also interviewed Clarkson, Kim Werst and Mia Moore for a podcast on her blog Let’s Go Ride a Bike.While Clarkson says parents in the neighborhood usually [...]

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