The gurlBIKE project is about providing resources that put women on bikes and enable them to stay on bikes.  We are women who bike and we create resources for other women who bike or who want to bike.  While the project started in Pittsburgh, it’s got another home base now in Portland, OR.

Current outreach efforts include the following:

  • The BFF Bike Book – a book for teens and tweens that covers the basics of bike repair, kitting out your ride, cool mods, and fun projects.  With hand-drawn illustrations and contributions from the participants of the Positive Spin program at the Arsenal School in Lawrenceville.
  • A series of video tutorials that cover basics such as changing a flat, lubing a chain, explaining what gears are for and how they work.  All videos will feature female bike mechanics and will be available on YouTube.  Our first one features Chatham’s Lyndy Palmer.
  • A coffee table photography book that features women, their bikes, and their bike stories.  This black and white compilation shows the connection women have to Pittsburgh, their bikes, and to biking.  Gorgeous photos, interviews, reflections.  Photographed by Chatham’s Robin Schweitzer.  With a special focus on women of color, older women, and women with young children.
  • Eco-fest at Chatham University April 6, 2013.  Bike films, group ride,  panel discussions, repair demo’s, vendors, and more.  Hopefully, this will be an annual event!
  • The College Kid’s Guide to Biking in Pittsburgh – Everything you need to know about low cost and no cost ways to find, maintain, store, travel with, take care of, and love a bike in Pittsburgh.


double glazing glasgow These are the initial offerings, there will be more on the way.  Much has been written recently about the need to increase the number of women cyclists.  This project is about finding out what the barriers to biking are for women in Pittsburgh and creating resources that dissolve those barriers.  In addition to the generally accepted barriers that women face such as time constraints, concerns about safety, and the need for readily available bike facilities and infrastructure, women in Pittsburgh also must deal with winter,  hilly terrain, poor air quality, economic disparity, conservative climate, and racial factors.  We’ve got a lot of work to do here.  But we’re on it.