WE Bike to DC

WE Bike NYC is raising funds to sponsor 10 female bicycle activists to ride 262 miles from NYC to DC to represent their communities at the National Bike Summit.
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WEBike NYC
Environment
New York, New York
United States
4 Team Members

The Challenge

WE Bike NYC, with the support of Transportation Alternatives, Bicycle Times magazine, Woman ToursPearl IzumiVelojoy and Bike New York is raising funds to sponsor ten female bicycle activists to ride 262 miles from New York City to Washington, DC to represent their communities at the nation’s largest annual bicycle advocacy event: the National Bike Summit.

WE Bike NYC is a group based in New York City open to all women, female identifying, and gender nonconforming people who enjoy biking or think they might. WE Bike NYC aims to break down barriers to cycling by offering social rides, training rides, mechanics workshops and ride scholarships. Representatives from Gearing-Up, Black Women Bike DC, Washington Area Bicyclist Association: Women and Bicycles, and Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition: Women Bike PHL will join WE Bike NYC on this adventure!

While in DC, WE will advocate for women of all backgrounds to have a seat at the table that sets national transportation policy. Despite being woefully under-represented in decision-making, the number of women who commute to work has increased 56% in the last year. Lower income individuals (earning less than $30,000) accounted for 28% of bike trips in 2009 — more than 1.1 billion bike trips overall. Our goal is to support the League of American Bicyclists’ efforts to include underrepresented cyclists at the decision making table through the inclusion of ten voices that would not be able to attend the summit without the financial support generated by this ride.

This trip will be the kickoff event for continued work in 2014 to create more opportunities for women to have a voice in the national cycling and transportation conversation.

On Tuesday, December 17, WE Bike NYC will launch #webiketodc to highlight the importance of increased inclusivity in the cycling community through rider stories, web videos, cycling tips, and sponsored content. Check out our daily updated content here.


The Impact

More women in these crucial conversations call attention to universal issues such as:

  • safer streets and economically inclusive infrastructure

  • more affordable commutes and increased local economic impact

  • girls’ athletic programs

  • leadership development within the cycling community

Our efforts will bring ten new female voices to the table full of new, diverse opinions, ideas and concerns for our transportation future. WE understand that women will soon make up half of the cyclists in the US and that while WE have common goals, WE also represent a myriad of other groups including people of color, low income people, transgender people, new riders, and others often not represented in the national conversation. WE hope to inspire more to come forward with their own priorities and we hope the attention we generate will help them be heard.


What We Need & What You Get

Over half of the $11,000 cost for this purposeful adventure will go towards the registration fees for the summit. After we surmount that substantial barrier, the rest of the money raised will go towards a fully-equipped SAG van (plus gas and tolls) and accommodations for the riders.

To thank you for your contribution and to encourage you to keep riding, we offer a wide range of donor perks:

$15 – Ride Participant

  • Your name on our virtual #webiketodc donor wall.

  • High-five from a member of our ride team. 

$25 – The Sweep  

  • Collection of 5 WE Bike NYC stickers and temporary tattoos

  • Your name on our virtual #webiketodc donor wall.

  • High-five from a member of our ride team.

$50 – Ride Leader Package  

  • Membership fee for a year (stickers, T-shirt, tattoo, membership info/card)

  • 1 year digital subscription to Bicycle Times magazine

  • All the goodies from The Sweep package

$100 – Mechanic Package

  • Thank you shout out on the #webiketoDC blog

  • WE Super Backer Pack (stickers, tattoo, t-shirt, flat-fix kit, bike-repair zine, bike map)

  • The Ride Leader package

$250 – Beryl Burton Package  

  • VIP admission for you and a guest for our annual party

  • WE Bike NYC Thank You video dedicated to you and posted on our #webiketodc blog.

  • The Marianna Vos Package, choice of an additional membership to gift or WE Backer Pack

$500 – Juli Furtado Package  

  • Dedicated/or branded WE Bike NYC happy hour complete with a shiny crown and delicious cake.

  • WE Bike NYC personal ride (you choose the people and the place within the five boroughs, WE plan the route) or specialized mechanics workshop for you and five of your friends (WE will provide beverages and snacks)

  • Beryl Burton Package with two memberships AND one WE Backer Pack 

$750 – Jeannie Longo Package  

  • Personal three-hour bike consulting from our founder, Liz Jose, on matters such as fitting, shopping on Craigslist, basic mechanical upgrades on your bike (parts extra). Some activities are limited by your location, but not all.

  • Partial branding privileges on the van and/or rider.

$1000 – Annie Londonderry Package

  • Branding privileges on the van and/or rider. Please email Email events at webikenyc dot org so we can work it out.

  • Adopt a Rider Pack: Photo of your adopted rider, handwritten postcards from each stop on the ride, series of dedicated video messages filmed at rest stops.

$2500+ -- Janette Sadik-Khan Package  

  • All of the above and more. Email events at webikenyc dot org. Let’s make a deal! 


Other Ways You Can Help

Money definitely opens doors, but there are a ton of other ways you can support us through our ride:

  • Tell your family and friends about our campaign and why biking is important to you.

  • Record that message on an Instagram video or photo, type it into a tweet or status message, and hashtag it #webiketodc.

  • Make us a playlist for the ride! (WE may even make you a dance video if it’s really good!)

  • Come ride with us! Follow our progress through our website and meet up with us when we hit your town. 

Find This Campaign On
$7,000USD
raised by 150 people in 1 month
64% funded
No time left
$11,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on February 3, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $15USD
    Ride Participant

    Your name on our virtual #webiketodc donor wall. High-five from a member of our ride team.

    21 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $25USD
    The Sweep

    Collection of 5 WE Bike NYC stickers and temporary tattoos Your name on our virtual #webiketodc donor wall. High-five from a member of our ride team.

    30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $50USD
    Ride Leader Package

    Membership fee for a year (stickers, T-shirt, tattoo, membership info/card) 1 year digital subscription to Bicycle Times magazine All the goodies from The Sweep package

    29 out of 200 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $100USD
    Mechanic Package

    Personalized thank you shout out on the #webiketoDC blog WE Super Backer Pack (stickers, tattoo, t-shirt, flat-fix kit, bike-repair zine, bike map) The Ride Leader package

    14 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $250USD
    Beryl Burton Package

    VIP admission for you and a guest for our annual party WE Bike NYC Thank You video dedicated to you and posted on our #webiketodc blog. The Marianna Vos Package, choice of an additional membership to gift or WE Backer Pack

    1 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $500USD
    Juli Furtado Package

    Dedicated/or branded WE Bike NYC happy hour complete with a shiny crown and delicious cake. WE Bike NYC personal ride (you choose the people and the place within the five boroughs, WE plan the route) or specialized mechanics workshop for you and five of your friends (will provide beverages and snacks) Beryl Burton Package with two memberships AND WE Backer Pack

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $750USD
    Jeannie Longo Package

    Personal three-hour bike consulting from our founder, Liz Jose, on matters such as fitting, shopping on Craigslist, basic mechanical upgrades on your bike (parts extra). Some activities are limited by your location, but not all. Partial branding privileges on the van and/or rider.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: February 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Annie Londonderry Package

    Full branding privileges on the van and/or rider Adopt a Rider Pack: Photo of your adopted rider, handwritten postcards from each stop on the ride, series of dedicated video messages filmed at rest stops.

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • $2,500USD
    Janette Sadik-Kahn Package

    All of the above and more. Let’s make a deal!

    0 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
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