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Gear Femmes is Bike New York’s education initiative for women/trans/femme cyclists. Through bike education classes, specialized instruction, and community events, aspiring commuters develop their bike commuting skills with support from the Gear Femmes community. Gear Femmes matches aspiring bike commuters with mentors who will literally show them the way — with techniques and route selection, making riding to work as fun as it is productive.

 

Bike Camp is a free program for women/trans/femme cyclists (18 years old and up) who want to tune up their riding skills and explore our city’s streets through the joy and freedom of biking. Over four weeks, students will work on their bike handling and streets skills in a supportive group setting guided by our trained Gear Femmes instructors. This is the perfect program for someone who already knows how to ride a bike but wants to take their bike life to the next level.

 

Bike Camp is open to anyone identifying as women/trans/femme. Prior participation in the Gear Femmes program is not required. Loaner bikes and helmets are available onsite, but you’re welcome to bring your own, too. Please be advised that your instructor will inspect your equipment to assure it meets safety standards.

 

There are currently no Bike Camp sessions scheduled. 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

BEING A MENTEE

Every mentee starts by attending a Gear Femmes-specific Bike Commuting 101 Class, Street Skills Class, and Street Skills Ride to learn the fundamentals of bike commuting and put this knowledge into action. After successfully completing both components, Bike New York will do its best to match mentees with mentors who are seasoned commuters and make a similar trip. For example, if a mentee lives in western Queens and works in Midtown at 9:00 AM, they would be matched with someone who travels over the Queensboro Bridge and through Midtown on their way to work. It is then up to the mentor and mentee to work out a schedule for companion rides that work with both of their schedules.

BEING A MENTOR

In addition to a short orientation on how best to pass on your experience and skills, we strongly recommend that mentors also take our Street Skills Class and Street Skills Ride. There’s always more to learn when it comes to cycling law and technique (seriously, we could talk about lane placement for hours!). From there, you will be matched with a mentee, work out a schedule that works for both of you, and then you’re off! The hope is that you and your mentee will ride together twice a week for six weeks, which should be long enough for them to be able to establish a regular bike commute practice.

 

Syllabus

Mentee & Mentor Pairing

 

Coffee Clubs & Community Events

COFFEE CLUBS!


 

Gear Femmes Coffee Clubs are oppurtunities for women/trans/femme bike commuters to come together on their way to or from their daily grind and enjoy morning beverages, pleasantries, and to meet other local riders. If you’re curious about the Gear Femmes program, Coffee Clubs are a great time to learn more. Join us! 

 

 

SEPTEMBER


WHERE 

CP Coffee

2286 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, Harlem

 

WHEN 

Tuesday, September 12, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM

 

 

 

FAQ

What is Gear Femmes?

Gear Femmes is Bike New York’s education initiative for women/trans/femme to develop their city riding through a combination of classes, commuting, and community. Inspired by the Washington Area Bicyclists Association Roll Models program, Gear Femmes will match aspiring bike commuters with mentors who will show them the roads and techniques, making riding to work as fun as it is productive.

This is great! Commuting to work is one of my goals. What is involved with being a mentee?

First, every mentee starts by attending a Gear Femmes specific Bike Commuting 101 Class, Street Skills Class, and Street Skills Ride to learn the fundamentals of bike commuting and put this knowledge into action. After successfully completing both components, Bike New York will do its best to match mentees with mentors who are seasoned commuters and make a similar trip. For example, if a mentee lives in western Queens and works in Midtown at 9:00 AM, they would match with someone who travels over the Queensboro Bridge and through Midtown on their way to work. It is then up to the mentor and mentee to work out a schedule for companion rides that work with both of their schedules. The hope is that you’ll ride together at least once a week for three months.

I already commute to work and I want to share my bike joy. What is entailed with becoming a mentor?

 

In addition to a short orientation on how best to pass on your experience and skills, we strongly recommend that mentors also take our Street Skills Class and Ride. There’s always more to learn when it comes to cycling law and technique (seriously, we could talk about lane placement for hours!). From there, you will be matched with a mentee, work out a schedule that works for both of you, and you’re off! The hope is that you and your mentee will ride together twice a week for six weeks, which should be long enough for them to be able to establish a regular bike commute practice.

I love the idea of all these classes to get me ready for the city streets, but how much does this programming cost?

Nothing. Zero dollars. All Bike New York education programs, including Gear Femmes, are free!

I don’t think being a mentor or mentee is for me, but I want to support more women/trans/femme cyclists commuting by bike! Can I be involved otherwise?

Yes!

 

Refer. Do you have women/trans/femme friends and loved ones that you think would have a blast deepening their relationship with the city through their bike? Share this website with them, and feel free to connect them directly with Kristina Sepulveda at ksepulveda@bike.nyc.

 

Volunteer. If you can’t commit to being a mentor, you can still lend your skills to the next generation of city cyclists. You can sign up to volunteer for our classes here.  

 

Hang out! In addition to classes, we’ll be hosting Coffee Clubs at cafes around the city and other community events. Come out for a cup of your morning comfort beverage and connect with other women/trans/femme cyclists in your area. Please note that Gear Femmes Coffee Clubs and other community events are open to any women/trans/femme cyclist, regardless if they are currently participating as a mentor or mentee.

I have an idea, a question, a Coffee Club cafe recommendation, a sponsor inquiry, or bike life bochinche.

Awesome! Contact Kristina Sepulveda at ksepulveda@bike.nyc.

 

Is Gear Femmes on social media?

Gear Femmes is on Facebook! Check out our page here. Be sure to also follow Bike New York on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.