WOMEN BIKE CHICAGO | January 2016 Issue
The WBC Newsletter is a monthly publication that focuses on events and information that we think might be of particular interest to women who ride bikes. We want to keep you up to date on upcoming events, recap past events, provide bicycling tips, and help women in the Chicagoland area stay connected. Thanks for reading.

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What's Spinning... 
A letter from the Leadership Team:
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 get started at 6:30PM and will be celebrating, meeting and greeting until 8:30PM, and look forward to seeing you at our festive 2016 kickoff. We also would like to thank our sponsors, BFF Bikes and Trader Joes-Lincoln Park for contributing to this event. Please patronize these locations to personally thank them for helping make this launch party spectacular.

This Launch/Party will
  • Introduce you to the leadership team of Women Bike Chicago
  • Offer ways to get involved with us
  • Be an opportunity 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 made especially for this event. Your donation of $5 for each raffle ticket will help us run future events. (It's a surprise, but you can almost see it in the photo to the right!)
  • Include the 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

UPCOMING EVENTS
WOMEN BIKE CHICAGO
LAUNCH / PARTY

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, January 14, 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 via
Event Brite and Facebook so we know how many to expect.


Save the Date for the 
Chicago Winter Bike Swap

Save the Date for the Chicago Winter Bike Swap presented by the Chicagoland Bicycle Coalition and Women Bike Chicago.   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 bike friends all in a friendly location!

Save the Date for the WBC Movie Night
Greenline Wheels (105 S Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60302)
February 16, 2016 6:30-8:30
Further details Announced at Launch Party and Check back for February's Newsletter!


More events than ever before,­ attend the Launch/Party for full list and also visit the website for details 

 

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

Harper College 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

 
VOLUNTEER WITH US
  • 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.
WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO
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!  This is a monthly event.  More information here.  Please RSVP by emailing Annie.
 
The Amlings Toys for Tots Ride--It was a record breaking year for number of toys collected and number of riders attending.  Next year's ride will be December 9.  Put it on your calendar!

The Chicago Cycling Club "Weather be Damned" New Year's Day ride--What could be better than lovely temperatures in the mid-twenties and no snow?  But there were only three women. Next year, let's put the fellows to shame.  January 1, of course.




 
WHAT WE ARE READING NOW
  • Divvy is increasing the cost of 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






 
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
  • 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.
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