2013 Women & Bicycles Roll Model Application

Supported by the League of American Bicyclists Thanks for your interested in becoming a Roll Model! We look forward to reading about why you’d like to become an official bike mentor in your community. Please fill out this questionnaire by Friday, February 22nd. The Women & Bicycles Program Philosophy This program is designed to create opportunities for helpful exchanges between two different groups: women who already bicycle and women who are interested in bicycling. To do this, we’re sponsoring a season of workshops, rides, and meetups, all of which will encourage skillsharing. This type of community-based guidance has worked for ages, but it’s a new approach to getting more people on bicycles; WABA’s program is the first of its kind in the country. We’re planning a series of 10 social rides, 10 workshops, and 10 meetups. We’re in need of 10 Roll Models, who will call on the women in their lives to participate as well as serve as continuous resources. Below, read an overview of how Roll Models will participate in the program. Your Role as a Roll Model Be an expert of your own experience:You don’t need to know everything there is to know about cycling—far from it! You only need to have incorporated bicycling into your life as a form of transportation and be interested in sharing what you learned along the way. Call on up to 10 women in your social circles to participate in the program and try out bicycling. As a Roll Model, you’ll be a mentor to a select group of women you already know—friends, family members, coworkers, book-club members, neighborhoods, etc. These should be DC/VA/MD-area women who have expressed an interest in biking but, for one reason or another, haven’t gotten on a bike. Help us host 1 event; a meetup. This will be a private event to which you’ll invite the women in your social circles. You’ll work with our coordinator to choose a setting in which you feel comfortable hosting a meal and roundtable discussion for your mentees; our coordinator will provide food, beverages, and educational materials, and facilitate a discussion. We envision these social events to be a safe space in which women can ask questions and share tips. WABA's Role You won’t be expected to do any of the above alone. WABA will coordinate logistics for all events and cover the cost of the meetup that you plan. We’ll also provide educational materials in print and online (including the official Women & Bicycles booklet). Roll Models will receive from WABA free entry to Elly Blue’s Dinner and Bicycles night, a traveling vegan dinner party hosted by one of bike advocacy’s luminaries; Women & Bicycles swag (yeah, you want a T-shirt); and highlight your stories and contributions along the way on our blog and website. You don’t need to know all the routes, facts, statistics, gear, components, and technology involved with bikes. You don’t need to attend every Women & Bicycles event. You don’t need to turn every woman you know into a year-round bike commuter—we know that, for many people, that’s not a reality. You just have to like biking in the D.C. area, be willing to work your personal networks for one meetup, and follow up with your friends that attend. And we'd love it if you could ride with them whenever possible!
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