January 2016 Newsletter - What's Spinning


Last month we announced Women Bike Chicago’s new website and leadership team. As we welcome a new calendar year, we invite you to meet our new look and the women behind Women Bike Chicago – at our Launch/Party on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at BFF Bikes. We’ll be kicking things off at 6:30PM and celebrating, meeting and greeting until 8:30PM and we hope you join our festive kickoff of 2016.

This Launch/Party will

  • Introduce you to the leadership team of Women Bike Chicago

  • Offer you a way as to get involved with us

  • Be a great way to meet other women who ride bikes in and around Chicago

  • Debut our 2016 Calendar of Events and Rides

  • Be your chance to win a raffle prize of an exclusive one-of-a-kind handmade Women Bike Chicago Framed Window. Be sure to bring some cash to participate! ($5 dollars per raffle ticket)

  • Premiere offering of Women Bike Chicago T-shirts

  • And so much more…

So MARK YOUR CALENDARS and RSVP here today! We’ll see you on January 14 at the Launch/Party!

Ride On,

Elizabeth, Lisa, Melissa, Susan and Kristen

WBC Leadership Team



Women Bike Chicago is hosting a gathering to celebrate our new website launch and new initiatives and plans for the future. Our mission is to educate, encourage and empower every woman in the Chicago region to enjoy biking for transportation and recreation.  With four years under our belt, we are excited to share our new look and ideas.  

We invite anyone who is interested or curious to join us on Thursday, January14, 2016 at BFF Bikes (Address: 2113 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL) from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. We will show off our website reboot, introduce our leadership team, and showcase our upcoming events for the next year. We are also looking for volunteers interested in helping us achieve our goals, so stop by to talk to our representatives!  The event will be family-friendly, and there will be refreshments and prize drawings! Please register viaEvent Brite and Facebook so we know how many to expect.


And these events from our
friends and partners:

Slow Roll Chicago's Big Marsh Freedom Ride
January 18, 2016, starting and ending at the National A.Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum  http://www.slowrollchicago.org/freedomride

Chicago Winter Bike Swap
January 31, 2016

The 2016 Chicago Winter Bike Swap will take place on Sunday, January 31st  at Harper College from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Click here for more information

Save the Date for the
Chicago Winter Bike Swap

Save the Date for the Chicago Winter BikeSwap presented by the Chicagoland Bicycle Coalition and Women BikeChicago.   Saturday, February 20, 2016 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Jaks Tap, 901 West Jackson Blvd, Chicago.  Bikes,bike stuff, bike pieces and parts, and bikefriends all in a friendly location!


Women Bike Chicago Lincoln Park Zoo Meet Up Thank you all for attending!

Other events from our friends and partners:

Slow Roll Chicago The 2nd Annual Slow & Good: Holiday Toy & Coat Drive

BFF Bikes Indoor training: "Pedaling with a Purpose"  Click here for more information

BFF Bike Book Club!  Please RSVP by emailing Annie.

The Amlings Toys for Tots Ride

The Chicago Cycling Club "Weather be Damned" New Year's Day ride



  • Divvy is increasing membership February 1st! Be sure to get yours before then! Read More

  • PeopleForBikes announces the 10 best new bike lanes of 2015. Chicago made the list! Read More

  • "The body stops moving because you decide to stop moving. Everybody's system works better when they ride."Read More

  • "I love how cycling feels. Today it was great to ride so far around the park. Soon I want to ride Berlin's streets like the locals." Syrian refugee Shiraz, who is learning to ride, says." Read More

  • SCVA is throwing a New Year's Social Fundraiser! Check out the event and support them! Read More


  • Read this article to learn about the science of being seen while riding in the dark.

  • Want to bike in the winter, but don't know how? Momentum Mag covers great tips for those who want to try

  • Why should you bike in the rain? Momentum Mag answers the why and the how. Just remember to dry off your bike and lube your chain after the wet ride. 

  • Cycling can help beat Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Read this and this to learn more about this topic.

  • The Recyclery in Rogers Park is fundraising to upgrade their workshop.

  • The cycling community is suffering a significant loss as Rapid Transit Cycleshop is closing. Justyna and Chris have always been strong supporters of women in cycling.


Click here to help us with upcoming events in 2016! We will contact you to invite you to a February meeting for volunteers and to ask what you might be interested in helping with.