We Bike PHL
Our mission is to to inspire women, trans, and/or non-binary people in the Greater Philadelphia region to ride a bike. We use “and/or” in recognition that these identities are not mutually exclusive.
According to the Bicycle Coalition’s annual bike counts, women, trans, and/or nonbinary riders make up only a third of cyclists in Philadelphia. We are committed to examining the gender disparity, investigating the barriers that exist for these riders, and providing encouragement for people to pedal over the patriarchy. We also work to build a culture that denounces harassment and sexism, and includes women, trans, and nonbinary cyclists in product development, marketing, race promotion, and street design.
Origin and Goals
According to the Bicycle Coalition’s annual bike counts, men overwhelmingly make up the majority of the cycling population, with only a third constituted by other genders. Possible explanations for this gender disparity include:
- Higher risk-aversion
- Bikes and gear primarily designed for men
- Unwelcoming bike shops and clubs
- Street harassment
- Parenting and errand-running logistics
We created Women Bike PHL in 2013 to address some of these barriers, and in 2019 renamed the group We Bike PHL to be more inclusive of other cyclists impacted by gender-based discrimination in the cycling world.
Get Involved: Rides, Classes, and Social Events
The hub of the program is the vibrant We Bike PHL Facebook group.
The program holds rides, classes, and social events throughout the year, which are complemented by a robust calendar of community-led rides and events. To stay in the loop about upcoming rides and events, please join the Facebook group.
W/T/F Cycling Mixer
For the second year, this event brings together T/F/W/GNC/NB (trans, femme, women, gender-nonconforming, non-binary) folks in the Philly cycling community. Attendees connect with local race teams, non-profit programs, and beginner-friendly events in the region while enjoying some light food and beverages courtesy of our host and Bicycle Coalition partner, Janney Montgomery Scott. Learn more about the mixer here.
Local Women’s & W/T/F Ride Groups and Race Teams
Looking for a group to ride with or a team to join? Check out the following: