This year, I've taken a deeper dive into my meaning of life. For years, I have been a bike advocate. From my blog Velo Vogue, to my film series Velo Visionaries, I have participated in the conversation about how bicycles make our lives better, and why we need safer streets. My commitment to the bicycle way of life led the way to going back to school to study sustainability and climate change. I feel even more committed to promoting riding bicycles, especially among women, as a serious solution to our climate crisis. Lately, my independent work has led me to collaborate on some great projects relative to my own personal mission. First up is Human Streets, founded by journalist Bryan Goebel. I collaborated with photographer Adrienne Johnson to create a new series, Women Just Want To Be Safe.
Women Just Wanna Be Safe profiles women cyclists in San Francisco. We will interview and photograph women from all districts and population groups in San Francisco to find out why they ride a bike, or why they don’t. We will explain why some women give up cycling and reveal the ways in which San Francisco government has failed time and again to make streets safe for women. We’ll dive deep into women’s stories, and show why they make the transportation choices that they do, to bike or not. We’ll feature all types of women: from mothers to daughters, from tech workers to retirees, from women warriors to the wounded. Stay tuned for a new episode in December.
Next up, I created a video for People Protected Bike Lanes featuring an event they organized on the Embarcadero Bike Lane.
The video was made possible by Spin Bikeshare. Looking forward to making streets safer for cyclists, and raising awareness about how bike infrastructure can help solve climate change.