‘Women Ride IB’ To Encourage Each Other To Hop On And Ride

By Lisa Deaderick
The San Diego Union-Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Skii Fleeton takes some time to talk about her bicycle advocacy work in the United States and abroad, her passion for cycling, and this weekend’s “Women Ride IB” event.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Skii Fleeton became really passionate about advocating for bicycle safety because of her kids.

“Honestly, just from taking my kids to school on the bike and seeing how dangerous a school zone can be with so many cars. That is how my passion really started and that is how my alter ego, ‘Bicycle Mum,’ was born in 2012,” she says.

Although she’d always been a supporter of general bike safety, her experience with her children kicked it into a higher gear, and when she and her family moved to San Diego in 2014, it wasn’t long before she joined bicycle-related committees and associations, working on boards and outreach and other projects.

As membership and marketing coordinator for the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, an organization that encourages bicycling and works to make the activity safer on the road, she’s also coordinating the second Women Ride IB event to encourage more women to ride.

Fleeton, 42, lives in Chula Vista with her two sons and their dog. The Australian native took some time to talk about her bicycle advocacy work in the United States and abroad, her passion for cycling, and tomorrow’s Women Ride IB event through the South Bay.

Q: Tell us about the Women Ride IB event.

A: Women Ride IB was an idea that the staff came up with last year. Empowering women to ride bikes in their own community allows for more families to ultimately get out, too. If a woman is comfortable, she will allow her children to do the same thing, and people, especially children, learn by example. Empowering women and families to enjoy their surroundings in a safe and fun way, instead of being fearful, is just the first step in building healthier and more sustainable communities for all.

Related News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *