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Rochester bike fest calls to women riders

Jun 4, 2018

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Organizers of the Rochester Women's Bike Festival say the goal of this coming weekend's event is to get more women to consider bikes as a means of transportation.

Susan Levin is part of the grassroots community coordinating the festival. She rides her bike to work every day after giving her car away several years ago.

"The sense that the community is safe is obvious if there are women out doing the bicycling with the children. If you see bikes locked up at the grocery store and at the library, it's the sign of a safe community."

The festival will feature workshops and speakers as well as various kinds of bikes for test riding/

"We'll have a folding bike,” Levin said. “We're going to try to get a box seat, which is a bike that has a big bucket in front that you can carry things (with) and children."

The Rochester Women's Bike Festival is Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Adams Street Rec Center in Corn Hill.

It's free, but the hands-on workshops have a limited number of slots, so you need to register.