I’ve recently connected with a group starting a women’s bike collective in Montreal! This is exciting for a number of reasons, including women, bicycles and collectives.
Empowering women to take care of their bikes is an important issue for me. My trusty steed is not a complicated contraption, and I don’t need someone else to take care of it for me, but I do need a place to learn how, particularly a space that doesn’t make me feel like I am infringing on other peoples (mens) turf.
Also, people look at me like I am crazy for biking in the city, particularly in the winter, and keep offering the excuses of it being so hard, and how I must be so in shape, and how they could never do that. But the truth is that it’s not that hard, and I would have been a regular urban cyclist way earlier if I had felt like I knew what I was doing with this thing between my legs. I admit that doing the cycling all the time has impacted my lifestyle, but there is plenty of room between occasional recreational biking and hardcore every-outfit-I-own-includes-bike-grease cycling for those less extreme.
I want to support cyclists in the city. It’s not always a easy ride between the potholes and the aggressive traffic, and it won’t get easier without more people on the roads with two wheels instead of four. To give more people the option of bicycling by making it less weird or scary, and to bolster those that need some encouragement, some sharing and awareness raising is in order.
I hope this project becomes a vehicle for change in transportation issues, womens issues and the cycling scene in Montreal.
(ha! ha! get it? transportation, vehicle…. sorry)