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Rochester Women’s Bicycle Festival Coming to Corn Hill

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A grass-roots committee of local women, including Corn Hill business owner Karen Rogers and resident Susan Levin, has convened to host a one-day women-focused bicycle education event. The first Rochester Women’s Bicycle Festival is coming to Corn Hill.

Karen, owner of spinning and fitness studio Exercise Express, 232 South Plymouth Ave., started spinning for fitness and joined friends on social rides, including the Five Borough Bike Tour in New York City and the Rochester Tour de Cure. Karen is also the Western Regional Education Coordinator for New York Bicycling Coalition (NYBC), who is a major supporter of
the event. Susan moved to Rochester in 2017 for work and brought her love of bike commuting with her. She rides year-round to work, shopping and visiting friends.

Karen, Susan and five other women are planning the one-day event, featuring presentations by women who bicycle as an alternate means of transportation, or just for fun.

Presentations include:

  • how to bike with kids
  • how to plan a route
  • which bike to buy
  • your rights and responsibilities as a cyclist
    and more

There will be a “Bike Zoo” to test ride different kinds of bikes. Karen and Rochester resident Tracey Austin will lead women on short street rides to practice skills such as riding next to parked cars and stopping and signaling with traffic RWBF organizers are working with RTS to have a bus bike rack demon- stration unit on display, so women can load a bicycle on a bus rack without the pressure of other passengers watching and waiting.

Child care will be available and ASL interpreters will be attending as well.

Why run an event that’s specifically for women and women-identified individuals? Studies show that the percentage of female bike commuters is dismally low compared to males. But they also show that women use bicycles to navigate around a community they feel safe in. Therefore, a community where women and their families are getting around on bicycles is unquestionably a safe community.

This Festival is offering space for women to ask questions, learn and try out bikes in an understanding and non-intimidating atmosphere. Men are welcome to attend, as long as they are also there to encourage women to bike, but be prepared to discuss women-centered topics.

The Festival will be at Adams Street Recreation Center, 85 Adams St., on Saturday, June 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Feel free to drop in and visit the vendor booths, the Bike Zoo
and all the sessions. A full presentation schedule is available at

The event is free! Registration is available at

There you can also sign up to volunteer or request to host a vendor table. Volunteers will be needed for greeters, set up and break down, staffing info tables and general gophers. Vendors can be about bikes or any sort of organization who would be of interest to women who bike.

If you go, be sure to stick around for the very end for the prize drawing: RWBF will be giving away bicycles! Several reconditioned bikes have been donated by R-Community Bikes, Conkey Cruisers, and others, in addition to gift baskets and gift certificates to local businesses. And don’t forget it’s all free.

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