On May 13, a new celebration of women and bikes will take place. The event is called CycloFemme, and female cyclists around the globe have signed on to participate in rides from the UK to Australia–73 group rides so far in 40 cities and eight countries, with more being created all the time. “For many women and young girls around the world, the bicycle is vital for safety, provides the opportunity to attend school, access to health care, and economic independence,” says Sarai Snyder, creator of CycloFemme and the founder of Girl Bike Love. “The bicycle is a vehicle for social change and we need more women leading that charge.”
Ride locations are posted on www.cyclofem.me. CycloFemme temporary tattoos will be available online to be worn as a representation of support. Proceeds from the sale of the temporary tattoos will benefit Mountain 2 Mountain, a Colorado non-profit that aids women and girls in conflict zones. Gates Carbon Drive encourages women and girls, and men and boys, to join the fun on May 13 and discover the power of bicycling to improve health, benefit the environment and economy, and tie communities together.