(January 5, 2016) By current bike count estimates, women make up about a third of Portland peak hour bike commuters. In 2014, women accounted for 32.2% of riders tallied, a record high in Portland.
Portland has a strong community for women who ride or want to begin riding. Whether you’re searching for your first bike, gear to keep you riding through the winter, support for riding with kids, or even if you want to get into racing, there are resources and communities to inspire you. Here are just a few examples:
- Gladys Bikes is a women-focused bike shop in NE Portland specializing in commuting, touring and recreational bike sales for women. They aim to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in their bike shop experience.
- Women on Wheels is a meet up group with a mission to empower women to travel by bicycle and other active transportation. They offer rides, workshops and social events on bicycling.
- Kidical Mass offers family-friendly bike rides through a community that supports parents riding with kids.
Other groups you might want to check out include: Let’s Race Bikes!, Ride Like A Girl and Portland Society, which is a group of professional women who are passionate about bicycling in Portland. You can find more information and links to resources here.