I am SO EXCITED to present Femmechanics! Femmechanics is an open-shop time for FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists to come learn and teach how to work on bikes. Please go check out the site, and if you’re a Boston based FTW cyclist please fill out the survey on the homepage.
Femmechanics will meet the second Monday of every month starting in October from 7-9 PM at the Bikes Not Bombs Bike Shop. Our first open shop time will be October 13th.
(adapted from Riot Grrrl Manifesto)
BECAUSE we crave bike spaces that are welcoming to US where WE feel included.
BECAUSE we want to make it easier for FTWs to see other FTWs working on bikes so that we can share knowledge and strategies.
BECAUSE we want and need to encourage and be encouraged in the face of cis-male bike culture that says we can’t work on our own bikes, we can’t ride fast, and can’t lead the bike revolution.
BECAUSE we don’t want to assimilate to cis-male bike culture, but want to revolutionize bike culture.
BECAUSE we are unwilling to falter under claims that we are reactionary ‘reverse sexist’ and not the true bike wrenching crusaders that we know we really are.
BECAUSE we are interested in creating non-hierarchical ways of being and forms of organizing in the bike scene.
BECAUSE we want to see more FTW cyclists out on the roads, working on their bikes, and being at the forefront of conversations about bike mobility.
BECAUSE we see fostering and supporting FTW spaces and FTW bike mechanics, riders and organizers as integral to wider cultural change.
BECAUSE we believe that by creating a supportive community for FTW cyclists we can create a space to talk and discuss the intersectionality of racism, able-bodieism, ageism, classism, body shaming, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression within the bike movement and wider society.
BECAUSE we must take the wrenches into our own hands.