According to the League of American Bicyclists, women make up only 24 percent of all bike trips completed nationally. As a woman who is part of that statistic, I recognize it nearly every time I'm with my bike, whether I’m on a cycling club ride, as only one of two women in the pack of 15, or I’m treated differently at a bike shop. So, who are the other members of this 24%, and why do they ride?

I'm Zoey Mauck, a third-year student at Iowa State University. I have been granted a “Focus Grant” at Iowa State to bring an idea or exploration to life through visual representation for a showing at the end of the spring semester. After working for a bike advocacy nonprofit and helping to organize a women's bike ride, I have decided to focus my project on women who bike. Documenting those women who do choose to ride, through a series of photo portraits and brief interviews about their experiences while biking, will expose the variety of backgrounds these women are coming from. While I'm no professional photographer, I hope these portraits/interviews demonstrate to other women, who might currently not feel comfortable on a bike, that if these women are out biking, they can be too. By shining a light on some of the issues women encounter while biking, society can gain a better understanding for how to break the barriers to increase that 24%. 

The reception for all FOCUS Grant participants will be Wednesday, April 5th at 6pm in the Pioneer Room at the Iowa State Memorial Union, and it is free and open to the public. If you aren't able to make it to the reception, the exhibition will be in the Pioneer Room from March 24-April 24. 

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