According to an August 9th European Cyclist Federation interview of Andreea, founder of the skirt bike movement in Romania, “Inspired by the huge cycle chic wave that rapidly spreads from Copenhagen to New York and Tokyo, two sisters started in 2010 the SkirtBike project as an advocacy blog that promotes urban cycling to women in Bucharest, Romania. The goal was to encourage women to cycle and to increase the number of bicycles on the streets by promoting their use in everyday life, going to work, school, shopping or any other daily activities. Twice a year SkirtBike goes offline for a fun, stylish and friendly women bicycle parade. Since 2010, ten other Romanian cities have joined the SkirtBike movement, making it a national event, Almada from Portugal and Athens from Greece were inspired by [the] Romanian parade and made something similar in 2013 and more than 5 cities from Romania will join SkirtBike next year. I can say that SkirtBike (http://on.fb.me/19h3kuB) is now a community of women who ride, not just a simple cycle chic parade.
“It’s time to involve more women in this voluntary project… We plan to make a free cycling school for women, to find voluntary teachers for courses, to support a good cause at the next Bike Festival in Bucharest…We would like to create skirtbike.ro (http://bit.ly/123Nf9w) as a platform for all skirtbike events in Romania, to attract more contributors on the blog and women from different cities to write their cycling experiences because we believe that women are the best bicycle advocates. They are change makers, socially involved, financial decision makers, they can inspire other women to ride and not at last, they are mothers that pass on to their children the good habits. Our plan is to transform skirtbike.ro in a perfect place where all women can socialize with more experienced female riders, can find cycling tips and tricks, inspiring stories or best places to visit on two wheels in Romania and Europe etc…”
Title & Author: “The skirt that inspires more women to cycle” by Chloé Mispelon