Women’s bike rides encourage connections, health

Parking and Transportation Services is launching a series of women’s only lunch-time bike rides across campus and educational programs, providing female employees with an opportunity to connect to each other and enjoy outdoor recreation.woman and bike

“These lunchtime rides meet a need we’ve heard across campus, particularly from working moms, for an opportunity to ride their bikes and connect with others,” said Aaron Fodge, alternative transportation manager. “We’ve heard numerous times from women who want to ride their bikes on campus, but have to drop off and pick up their children each morning and evening, making it difficult for them to commute by bike. Some also want a more casually paced experience than they might find with other riding groups, and also want to learn more about riding a bike, such as maintenance tips, safety, commuting strategies, winter riding tips and ways to bike with children safely.”

Funded as part of a grant through the Ripple Effect, the rides will include a packed lunch and educational program focused on a variety of topics.

Rides are slated from noon – 1 p.m. and are on campus. A half-hour ride is followed with a half hour for questions, education and mingling.

  • January 27, with educational programming on tips for riding in the winter
  • February 10, using signals
  • March 9, passing etiquette
  • April 13, conquering taking your bike on the bus
  • April 27, riding with traffic

All rides are weather permitting. Participants should bring a bike in good working condition and a helmet.

RSVPs are required for each ride and can be made by contacting Amanda Fitzpatrick at 970-491-7600 or amanda.fitzpatrick@colostate.edu. Rides are capped at 15 participants.