RideRichmond is proud to announce its first scholarship to support Richmond bike advocates and to grow the movement. Last year we sent RR board member Keeley Laures to the Women’s Bike Summit in DC. This year, we are going to send someone new (maybe you or someone you know!).
Why the League of American Bicyclists’ Women’s Bike Summit? The ridership of women is viewed as an ‘indicator species’ of a town’s bike friendliness. A healthy bike culture is full of ladies riding, for sure, but it’s also important that women are involved in decision making, planning the movement, and all things related to crafting and spreading the message. This is one of the best and fastest-growing conferences to attend to get in the mix, meet the right people, and learn some of the ropes. We want the recipient of this scholarship to go learn, mingle, and get energized and to bring it all back to Richmond.
Please apply and/or share with all the ladies you know!
The Women’s Bike Summit is March 3, 2014 in Washington, DC from 8:00am to 4:00pm. It is followed by a Virginia advocates breakout session (attendance is a requirement of selection for this grant). RideRichmond is covering your registration and travel costs, and we can work with other attendees to find you a place to stay. Be prepared to travel to DC on Sunday, March 2nd and return to Richmond March 4th.
- If you are interested in attending the full National Bike Summit (March 4th and 5th, returning March 6th), let us know. We may be able to help that happen, as well.
Ladies, please send firstname.lastname@example.org an email with info about yourself, interest in bikes, experience working in the community, and anything else you think will be pertinent. Include a phone number and a good time to call, because we may choose to follow up with a quick chat.
- The deadline for selection is Monday, January 20th at 11:59pm. We will announce the winner on or before Friday, January 24th.
We should disclaim that we are very thankful for all bike advocates, regardless of gender. This scholarship is specifically for women, but all should try to make the Women’s and National Bike Summits if possible!