EUGENE, Ore. - Thousands of cyclists rode together in 229 rides in 31 countries this past Mother’s Day to honor, celebrate and empower women on bikes.
Eugene’s “pretty skirts” themed version of the event this year was a part of the second annual CycloFemme ride.
CycloFemme is a socially driven international movement powered by local communities of riders. The mission of the movement is to create a sense of unification among female cyclists and to encourage more riders by highlighting the positive impact they can have on the world.
Local participants gathered together at the Owen Memorial Rose Garden on Sunday afternoon to begin the ride. A team of four women, headed by Kelsey Moore and Emma Newman coordinated the event that attracted over 150 riders to join the 7-mile leisurely ride.
“It’s all about getting more women out there riding,” Newman said, “I personally find it to be such a powerful thing to be able to move around the city and do it all on my own energy.”
Sarai Snyder, founder of Girl Bike Love, an online platform for building a women’s cycling community, initiated the CycloFemme movement.
Kelsey Moore came up with the idea of hosting a ride locally in Eugene. Moore works at Arriving by Bike in town; she said her hope is that the event will encourage more women and children to bike. She also hopes that the movement will help to build support for better infrastructure in town for people who want to bike.
The ride ended where it began with the original riders as well as cyclists who joined the event mid-course. Kiva Grocery, Voodoo Doughnuts, Arriving by Bike and City of Eugene Transportation Planning donated food and raffle prizes to support the local non-profit event.
“It was really powerful to see so many people out there having such a great time.” Newman said.
The event coordinators were very pleased with the number of riders that participated on Sunday. They are planning on hosting the second annual CycloFemme ride in Eugene next year.