women in 30 countries, 151 cities, estimated 100,000 participants around the World celebrate their femininity and the joy of cycling (Women Leading Grassroots Movement)
On Sunday, September 19,2020 many big cities around the world will host the most vivid women created event for the 9th time in a row: Fancy Women Bike Ride. In 2021, Tampa will host its second annual ride!
What started as a casual bike ride among close friends 9 years ago has evolved into a big movement in a record amount of time, the cause behind the movement being validated by women around the world from various social and economic backgrounds: providing women the opportunity to be visible in the society and allowing them to show their true colors as well as raising awareness to create safe bike routes in cities.
The event is organized by women who are enthusiastic about convincing their peers to cycle every day. Organizers want to create awareness to increase safety on roads, create urban cycling infrastructure and plan bike-friendly services.
The Fancy Women Bike Ride was initiated by Sema Gür whose goal was to challenge the male-dominated cycling world in Turkey. Sema, a teacher,created a Facebook event and invited all her friends for a collective bike ride one Sunday afternoon. She chose the event day intentionally as the same day as the World Car-Free Day during European Mobility Week. Since then the “Fancy Women Bike Ride” takes place every year in late September on World Car-Free Day.
Fancy Women Bike Ride expanded to more than ten cities after a year following its launch in 2013. Volunteers all around the world showed their support by organizing all women bike rides simultaneously. In 2018 Fancy Women Bike Ride celebrated its 6th anniversary with more than 50,000 women joining in with their fancy attire and decorated bikes in a total of 70 cities all over Turkey and Europe.
Sunday, September 19, 2020 10:00am – Noon
Perry Harvey Sr. Park
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