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Wom+n’s Workshop: CHAINS & CASSETTES
August 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Our wom+n-led sessions where like minded individuals can come together to learn bicycle mechanics, fix their own bikes, and meet people at the Ride On workshop.
We use the term ‘wom+n’ to underline inclusivity. This is to be absolutely explicit that we include women of colour, trans women, femme/feminine-identifying genderqueer and non-binary folks and any other person who may feel discriminated against in areas of feminism. Our aim is to provide an inclusive space that’s full of enthusiasm and friendly encouragement for trying something new.
These sessions are led by a small team of female mechanics and volunteers working at Ride On. We saw a gap in our community where plenty of wom+n we know cycle and own bikes, but many don’t have the confidence and knowledge to fix their bikes themselves or maintain them to keep them working smoothly and safely. Reflecting on this gap, we recognised that this may be partially due to the cis-male dominated environments of bike workshops, which can feel intimidating for others.
We’ve introduced a space free of judgement and pressure where wom+n could come to learn the basics of bike mechanics to empower them to work on their own bikes and get them cycling more. These sessions are free from egos and arrogance, just the freedom to be yourself. We are respectful of everyone and there are definitely no silly questions. No experience necessary!