We Bike PDX Name change

To our members,

Today we are announcing that Women Bike is moving forward as WeBikePDX.

Historically and today, cycling spaces for women have excluded and hurt transgender and non-binary people. To end this pattern we are changing the name of our program to establish an inclusive path forward.

The Origins of Women Bike and the Change

Women Bike was created to tackle the gender gap in cycling. We wanted to create a space where it is safe to share our unique circumstances and deconstruct barriers to using a bike for transportation through support and shared knowledge. 

We know now that there are many barriers and types of marginalization that occur in our public spaces that are shared among trans people of all genders, gender non-conforming folx, 2 spirit, and (cis) women. We also know that a barrier to cycling is feeling unsafe in public spaces and that non-binary and trans people are deeply affected by this. More than one in four trans people have faced a bias-driven assault, and rates are higher for trans women and trans people of color.  

While we have supported non-binary and trans people in the Women Bike program, the name does not reflect our values and our members. In our political climate, with the rise of hate crimes, we understand that now more than ever, we must be there and fight for people with vulnerable yet powerful identities. 

We first approached the possibility of a name change with a survey in July of 2019. We had many great responses and we are thankful for your contribution to this discussion. We have decided on a gender-neutral name because it ensures binary genders are not prioritized over non binary people and people within a fluid gender spectrum. Lastly, we chose WeBikePDX over Wom*en Bike because we do not want to reduce trans people of all genders, gender non-conforming folx, 2 spirit, and women (both trans and cis) to an asterisk. 

To ensure that WeBikePDX is welcoming and respectful for trans people of all genders, gender non-conforming folx, 2 spirits, and women (both trans and cis), we ask participants to: 

  • Use gender-neutral greetings like “folx” and “friends”  and refrain from using gendered greetings such as “ladies.”

  • Include preferred pronouns in introductions and respect pronouns.

  • Understand that it is not the role of transgender and nonbinary people to educate cis people.  Reach out to the moderator or refer to the links in this document if you have questions or want more information. 

  • Please report violations to the moderator. We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn from mistakes and do better; the moderator will reach out privately to share concerns.

 

What hasn’t changed

  • We strive to create safe spaces for people of color, disabled people, LGBTQIA+3 and women in the cycling community

  • Our love of connecting new people to cycling

  • Our culture of respect, information, excitement, and encouragement.

  • The community thrives on your positive participation 

  • We are unified in our desire to celebrate uniqueness. 

 

To those who have felt excluded because of the name Women Bike, we are deeply sorry. We see your fight and will use our power to fight for you and ensure you are included and able to thrive in cycling spaces.

Let's keep going, #WeBikePDX 

 

FB BIO

Welcome! WeBikePDX is The Street Trust's program to inspire more trans people of all genders, gender non-conforming folx, 2 spirit, and women (both trans and cis) to incorporate a bike into their lives and use biking as a way to meet their transportation needs and personal goals. We aim to dismantle the barriers of cycling through rides, knowledge-sharing events, meet and greets, and mentorship. Use this Facebook group as a resource, hub, and a way to connect with others riding in your area. If you have any questions about biking or great biking tips you want to share, post ‘em here!

 

To help us get closer to a safer space, please take note of our group guidelines:

 

- Introduce yourself! Say hi to the group, share your pronouns, and tell us why you’re here.

- Use gender-neutral greetings like “folx” and “friends”  and refrain from using gendered greetings such as “ladies.”

-Include preferred pronouns in introductions and respect pronouns.

-Please report violations to the moderator. We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn from mistakes and do better; the moderator will reach out privately to share concerns.

- Keep posts bicycle-related: questions, personal experiences, tips, tricks, ideas, events, suggestions, concerns, stories, jobs, selling gear, huzzahs, etc. If something isn’t appropriate for the forum, we’ll let you know.

- If you need help related to biking, please ask. That's exactly what we're here for! And please return the favor; respond to questions and share advice of your own! Remember, this is your space.

- Before you post an inquiry check to see if it has come up before! Use the magnifying glass icon in the right-hand side of the toolbar to search through previous discussions.

- Maintain our culture of respect, information, excitement, and encouragement. Our community thrives on your positive participation and respect is a requirement. Please report violations to our admins. We want to give everyone the opportunity to learn from mistakes and do better and will reach out to them privately to begin a dialogue.

- Please respect other’s privacy. If a member posts a personal story to the group, please ask their permission before sharing it outside the group.

- Help grow our community by sharing the group with your friends! 

There are no costs to join WeBikePDX. The program is made possible with support from Metro and the Federal Transit Administration, supportive donors, and Street Trust members.