COMMENTARY FROM THE ORGANIZERS:
"This project will reach out to women to tap into their abilities to create positive change in the bicycling community and empower them to take steps that will lead to action," says LACBC's Daniella Alcedo.
"These bike rides, workshops and social events will help make civic engagement and advocacy participation more inviting and accessible to women who may not have been interested in or familiar with work related to advancing bicycle programs in the community and at the state level," adds MCM's Maria Sipin.
Women Bike, Women Lead: A Comprehensive Review of Planning An Event Series
WBWL organizers were invited to present a webinar with the League of American Bicyclists to discuss the details behind WBWL
"Women Bike, Women Lead was an opportunity to strengthen our growing bike community by building new relationships and strengthening existing ones," said Maria Sipin. "We were able to facilitate some challenging conversations about gender, participation in advocacy, and issues we had to overcome as individuals and groups. Personally, I reflected on my abilities as a leader. Women Bike, Women Lead is part of many great things unfolding in Los Angeles, especially between two organizations such as Multicultural Communities for Mobility and the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition. When two key players can come together and generate new ideas and invite others to be a part of our work, this is a sign we're moving things in the right direction."
Daniella Alcedo emphasized, "The idea behind WBWL was to show women and women-identified individuals that there is so much work out there that needs to be done and with the right support, anyone can create a positive change in their community," she said. "For me, WBWL was an opportunity to provide interested individuals the resources and tools they need to create some something great in their community through the vehicle that binds us all: the bicycle."
TAKE IT BACK TO 2014: WOMEN BIKE, WOMEN LEAD PILOT PROGRAM AWARDED BY THE LEAGUE OF AMERICAN BICYCLISTS
HOW MUCH DOES IT REALLY COST TO ORGANIZE TWO BIKE RIDES AND A FULL DAY SUMMIT?
When the actual budget was finalized at the conclusion of the event series, the true cost of Women Bike, Women Lead totaled more than the original amount of the $500 mini grant. The mini grant awarded by the League of American Bicyclists helped start this program, but did not cover the true cost of organizing these events.
Read more about the budget in The Toolkit.