The Bike Campaign launched a new program in the Summer of 2021 to encourage more women to ride their bikes called Women on Wheels – WOW! for short. Local women meet up and ride in a group led by certified bike instructor, Bike Campaign founder Maria Contreras Tebbutt, and other experienced bike guides. Participants learn the rules of the road and safety tips and become familiar with group riding dynamics and local bike lanes and paths – all while having fun and meeting other women interested in bike riding.
“WOW! & Anyone Who Wants to Join Us” joined together in 2022 with the Davis Bike Club to create more opportunities for new riders and riders that can only ride on the weekends to experience the joys of group riding. WOW rides occurred on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays, departing at 8am (summer), or 9am (beginning in Oct.) from the South Davis Nugget parking lot on Cowell Blvd. Destinations have been expanded to 25-30 miles at a comfortable pace of 12-16 mph with stops for regrouping and snack break. Current information about WOW! ride times and dates can be found in the DBC ride calendar.
There are many reasons a woman may choose to ride her bike, including exercise, leisure activity, and a means of transportation. Riding a bicycle can bring a sense of freedom and empowerment. People on two wheels influence the habits of their children and grandchildren, spouses and life partners, and neighbors. Many of us can choose to forego the car when driving kids to school or going to work or shopping and instead opt for the bike, serving as a role model to the community at large.
On a recent Saturday morning, a group of 12 riders gathered for a delightful WOW ride to downtown Dixon with a new stop at a local bakery. There were smiles, laughter, instructions, questions, encouragement, empowerment, and learning as three flats were repaired on the return ride.
Those who are new to group riding can contact Davis Bike Club, Outreach Director Maria Tebbutt at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Bike Garage at the Cannery on Saturday mornings 9am-noon or Wednesdays 2-5pm for free bike/helmet inspections and instruction on how to use a bike pump, lube chain, and adjust brakes. WOW rides are limited to twenty riders to ensure safety and personalized attention. For more information about how to “Bike More. Drive Less.”, contact Maria Contreras Tebbutt at email@example.com or www.TheBikeCampaign.com.