women all around the World celebrate the joy of cycling and reclaim public space (Women Leading Grassroots Movement)
On Sunday, September 18th, 2022 more than 200 cities around the world including Istanbul, Paris, Vancouver, Berlin, and London will host the most vivid women created event for the 10th time in a row:
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 Fancy Women Bike Ride was initiated by Sema Gür & Pinar Pinzuti whose goal was to challenge the male-dominated cycling world in Turkey in 2013. Since then the “Fancy Women Bike Ride” takes place every year in late September and coincides with world car free day (week).
Fancy Women Bike Ride expanded to more than hundred cities after a few years following its launch in 2013. Volunteers all around the world showed their support by organizing all women bike rides simultaneously. In 2022 Fancy Women Bike Ride will celebrate its 10th anniversary with more than thousands of women joining in with their fancy outfits and decorated bikes in over 200 cities all over the world.
Women in 200+ cities reclaim the streets — “The women’s bike ride is successful because the event welcomes everyone, the message is clear and it is organized by intrepid and independent women.” says the coordinator of the Fancy Women Bike Ride, Pinar Pinzuti.Organizers want to create awareness to increase safety on roads, create urban cycling infrastructure and plan bike-friendly services.
Tampa’s FWBR seeks to show off the city’s emerging bicycle facility network, slow comfortable streets, and the community assets they connect. Previous rides have featured major parks in the downtown area, Ybor City, Union Station, and Hyde Park Village. This year the group bikes to Water Street, then west to Midtown. Participants will ride for approximately 1 hour.
Sunday, September 18, 2022 10:00 – Noon
Lykes Gaslight Square Park
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