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Photo Focus: A tribute for International Women’s Day

Posted by on March 8th, 2011 at 1:52 pm

In honor of International Women’s Day, I thought it apropos to delve into the photo archives to share memorable images of women. In the photo essay below, you’ll get a glimpse of women on bikes and women that are working the halls of power to make biking easier for the rest of us.

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They say women on bikes are an indicator species of a healthy bikeway system.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Portland bike realtor Kirsten Kaufman takin’ care of business.

Portland advocate, author, and CEO Mia Birk fears no audience when espousing the many benefits of biking.

Not the picture of Zoobomb that lives in the minds of most people.

Jenn Dice, seen here at the 2009 National Bike Summit, is the Government Affairs Director for the International Mountain Bicycling Association.
Pedalpalooza '06 Kickoff Parade

Tall bike, ponytail, pink tassles.

So much to love about this one.
National Bike Summit 07

Advocacy superstar Deb Hubsmith is one of the most dedicated and effective bike advocates in America. As director of the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, her work has led to millions in funding and safer places for our kids to walk and bike.

Ladies line up for the Sexy Schwinn-oritas and Trek-tosterone ride during the 2009 Pedalpalooza.
National Bike Summit 07

Advocates from California at the 2007 National Bike Summit: Leah Shahum from San Francisco Bike Coalition (L) and Christine Culver from Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.

Members of the Ladies Auxililary cyclocross team.
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Gettin’ ready for some Hammercising!
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Manager of PBOT’s Transportation Options Division, Linda Ginenthal, has spearheaded the Sunday Parkways events since their inception in 2008.

Nickey Robo, seen here at the SS Pussycat event in 2007, is a former Sprockette and pedicabber, bike filmmaker, and marketing consultant for the Community Cycling Center.

Another one from the race circuit. Everyone deals with pre-race jitters differently.
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Portlander Kronda Adair tucks into the pack while racing at Portland International Raceway.
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Writer and activist Elly Blue has published many articles about women’s issues in the bike world, including her zine on the topic, Taking the Lane. She also co-founded The Portland Society, a professional development and networking group that promotes women-owned businesses and careers in active transportation advocacy.
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Emily Wings tackles Bald Peak on a gravity bike at speeds up to 60 mph.
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Jeannie Longo-Ciprelli is a legend of bike racing. I shot her in action at the 2009 Mt. Hood Classic.
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CCC Executive Director Alison Graves (R) and Travel Oregon’s Veronica Rinard leaving the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill after lobbying meetings during the 2010 National Bike Summit.

Hope you enjoyed these images. For more, check out the Photo Focus archives.

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  • Elly Blue (Columnist) March 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Thanks for the mention, JM! Awesome company to keep.

    Portland women who are into bikes and business — whatever either of those things mean to you — are encouraged to get involved in the Portland Society. http://portlandsociety.org. Get in touch to learn more!

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    • Alexis March 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      Elly FTW!
      Also, is that you in the Pedalpalooza photo too?

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  • eli bishop March 8, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    that gravity bike photo & woman is spectacular. kapow!

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  • dmc March 8, 2011 at 2:13 pm

    I’m in love. <3

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  • Nick V March 8, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Doe anyone else have Barry White stuck in their head now?

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  • A.K. March 8, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Awesome picture set! There are some ladies who ride my my club that would put the hurt on any male cyclist, including riding the Everest Challenge (208 miles, 29,035 ft of climbing).

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  • matt picio March 8, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Some awesome pics, Jonathan. Other folks deserving recognition: Steph Noll, Safe Routes to Schools with the BTA, Steph Routh, ED for the WPC, BonB coffee brewer extraordinaire and co-organizer along with Elly Blue and Meghan Sinnott for the Carfree Cities Conference, Meghan Sinnott for CFCC and WNBR, Alex Phillips – Oregon’s Bicycle Recreation Coordinator and lead person on the Oregon Scenic Bikeways, and Kristin Dahl with Travel Oregon, who in part brought you Ride Oregon Ride.
    Oh, and Janis McDonald with Transportation Options, and Martina Farhner, BTA board member and co-owner of Clever Cycles.

    And we’re forgetting at least a dozen more. Thank you very much ladies for your contributions to cycling!

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    • Esther March 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you Matt!!! Let’s also recognize Michelle Poyourow, Jessica Roberts, and Lake McTighe, whose names we see pop up here frequently as excellent advocates of biking and active transportation. And hats off to badass PBOT employees like Danielle Booth and Abra McNair at Smart Trips and Carolina Iraheta at SRTS; Natalie Ramsland who’s building bikes for women; and ALL the women at the BTA (who as far as I can tell make up over half of the organization!)

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    • mabsf March 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      Ohhhhh, only a small wheel…
      Big shout out to all the moms who cycle with their kiddo, especially Katie Proctor after being nearly hit twice on Saturday… Mama Cycles rule!

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      • Katie March 8, 2011 at 9:30 pm

        Thanks– though I’m not sure simply managing not to get dead puts me on this great list! 🙂 Better days ahead…

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    • janis March 8, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      Aw, thanks Matt. It makes me smile to know that there are SO many awesome women in Portland.

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  • Steph Routh March 8, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Oooh, great thread, Matt, Esther, and Elly! Also CCC extraordinaires Laura Koch and Zan Gibbs for their work to make cycling more broadly accessible; Beth Hammond at CityBikes; Kristin Bott for being generally a great lady (Go Team Slow); Susan Remmers for making advocacy nonprofits hum; Susan Kubota and Erin Greeson for developing WAAT with Elly; Heidi Guenin and Marlowe Kulley as others who organized Carfree Cities 2008; Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench; Alexis Grant for work with AROW; Jude of Epic Wheelworks; Ellee Thalheimer for founding Portland Society with Elly; Ayleen Crotty for Filmed By Bike; Catherine Ciarlo for leadership in Mayor Adams’ office; Karen Frost for WTA; Meeky Blizzard of Blumenauer’s office; Carla Danley for a heap of needed advocacy; Margaret Weddell and WPC’s female Board members; and Sara Stout for bringing WCN to Portland.

    Oh yes, and my Mom. Hi, Mom!

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  • Jason March 8, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Where are the naked bike ride pictures?

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    • beth h March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

      Wait for warmer weather and be patient…


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  • K'Tesh March 8, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    Let’s not forget the ladies of THPRD’s TAC, and the Beaverton BTC.

    oh yes, and my Mom. Hi, Mom!

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) March 8, 2011 at 3:56 pm

    Hey folks, I’m sure you all realize this already.. but this post wasn’t meant to be a recognition of every great local female advocate we have.

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    • Steph Routh March 8, 2011 at 3:58 pm

      But it is now! 🙂

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      • janis March 8, 2011 at 5:44 pm

        True that! And I have to add my mom, she rides a bike down in Houston – so that makes her pretty strong.

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    • q`Tzal March 8, 2011 at 7:18 pm

      Better than a rant about sexist photo selection.

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  • Duncan March 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm

    I <3 this photo.

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  • Carrie March 9, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Yay! Thanks Jonathan!!

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  • Kt March 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Don’t forget Heidi Swift, who writes bikes for the Oregonian, and races and tours by bike!

    Big props to the older lady who rides around Tigard every single day, weather be darned. I think she’s just riding to ride, and doesn’t have any special equipment: an older beat-up bike, regular clothes, going her own pace in a legal fashion. She’s not advocating in the usual fashion– just by riding around.

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  • beth h March 9, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I want to know more about the gravity rider. Awesome photo, that.

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  • matt picio March 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    How awesome is it that when posting about awesome women biking in Portland, there are so many that no one can remember to list them all?

    BTW, Portland leads the cycling “gender gap” in bike commuting – Nationwide, it’s about 26% female, but here in Portland it’s closer to 40%

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    • matt picio March 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm

      Ack – that was awkwardly worded, but I think the point is still there.

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  • Todd Boulanger March 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I always love seeing the cover shot…makes me so cyclicious.

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  • cupcake March 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm


    im quite proud to know as many of those people as i do!

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  • Drica DeJerk March 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    (ahem…) THE SPROCKETTES!

    hehehe thanks again Jonathan, for such a lovely, um, “female spread!”

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