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About this Blog:

Woman on a Wheel is dedicated to elevating FTW (femme/trans/women) voices and experiences of bike culture. This blog flows between posts about bike culture and lifestyle, riding, racing, commuting, organizing, travel, and nerding out about cool bike stuff. There are a lot of awesome bike blogs out there, but relatively few that focus on FTW bike culture, so this site is about making that internet space.

Interested in in contributing, sponsoring or finding out more? Shoot me an email at charlotte@womanonawheel.com

About the blogger:

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Photo by Matthias Bernold at the World Bicycle Forum in Medellin

My name is Charlotte and if I were to write a mission statement for my life it would be:

Charlotte’s mission in life is to get as many FTW (femme/trans/women) folks riding bikes and excited about bikes as possible.

This mission has guided the last 8 years of my life. Since embarking on this adventure/guiding principle/evangelical calling of bike feminism I have traveled to 15+ countries talking, organizing and riding with amazing FTW people.

I ride my bike everywhere, everyday, all year. I’m primarily a commuter, but also dabble in the sport/racing side of cycling. I like to go mountain biking, play bike polo, ride on gravel roads, and co-lead 6-pack shuffles. You’ll find me working at Bikes Not Bombs as the International Programs Director, and organizing with lots of rad people as part of Femmechanics.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. I discovered you through the post you left on the Grease Rag blog. I’m compiling a list you may find handy, and certainly one I’d love to have you add to! It’s a list of women’s bike blogs that, as far as I can tell, is the largest such list on the web (www.womenbikeblogs.com). I feature individual blogs via Twitter (@WomenBikeBlogs) and Facebook.com/WomenBikeBlogs and am working my way through the list setting up an RSS feed from the blogs that are active to those two accounts.

    I hope by doing so I help connect and strengthen the women’s bike movement by bringing women bike bloggers more readers and connecting them to each other. Your work is really exciting and another indication that this is important work.

    I have my own blog, Bike Style Spokane (which is where the list resides). If you’d be interested in writing an occasional guest post about the challenges and accomplishments of women riding in these countries I’d love to publish those. My posts are a mix of policy and practical tips on how to ride a bike without having to enter the world of Lycra and special shoes. For women in the US, where I live, to get a look at what women in other countries wear, what they carry on their bikes and how they carry it, and all the other practical issues of bike transportation would be a great eye-opener. You can email bikestylespokane-at-gmail if you’re interested.

    Good luck on your travels!

    barb

  2. Hi Char,
    I hope you are having a wonderful time with your parents. I know they were very much looking forward to seeing you. Vacations provide you with time to do things you don’t ordinarily have time for and I’ve been catching up on your travels. Wow! The writing is so heartfelt and the photos are amazing. What you have seen!! Continue to have fun with M & D and I look forward to continued updates.
    Happy New Year. XO Ann

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog via Taking the Lane, and it was exciting to find! And saw that you’re in Boston. I moved to Somerville from Chicago last year, been slowly exploring the biking world here, and currently suiting up for winter riding this season. Great blog, and I hope all is well! (p.s. I spent a semester in Quito a while back, so was super excited to read about Carishinas.)
    Take care,
    Carol

    1. Hey Carol! Thanks for checking out my blog! I love hearing from mid-west transplants to the northeast. Hope to run into you one of these days riding around Boston! Stay tuned – there may be some exciting news in the coming months about new women’s bike spaces/events.

    1. Hey Chris – Thanks for checking out my blog! I totally agree that my fav thing about polo (other than it being the best thing ever) is its DIY/inclusive ethos. It’s why I love the polo community. Thanks for passing along that article. I’m hoping to go the South American Championships in 2015 when they are in Quito. See you there?!
      If not – I hope to make it to Havana and we can hang out!

  4. Hi Charlotte! I feel so lucky to have stumbled upon your blog. I am applying for a grant to do research on bicycling in several countries, one of which is Indonesia. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions about your experiences over email? You can contact me at the email address that I provided for this comment. Thank you!!

  5. Nice work you doing. Am currently planning on a national tour in Ghana to raise funds for the homeless. I really enjoy your blog!! thank u for sharing.

  6. Hi Charlotte, Im Santiago, currently a master’s in public affairs candidate at Brown University. I would like to get in touch with you to learn more about the Quito project and discuss about some ideas. Please let me know how can I get in touch with you. Best.

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