What to Wear on Bike to Work Day: Women’s Edition

Wondering what to wear on Bike to Work Day? The incredible organizer behind San Francisco’s Bike to Work Day, Bonnie Walton, has been seen wearing the bike sharrow dress she made herself (shown above) on the big day.

You can wear anything, of course, on Bike to Work Day (even some SF Bicycle Coalition gear). But in light of some fun conversations we’ve had at recent Women Bike SF meetups, we thought we’d share some tips and resources:

  • Penny in Your Pants: If skirts or dresses are your thing, check out this brilliant clothing hack called “penny in your pants” for making just about any skirt bike-friendly. All you need is a hair tie and some change!
  • Rain Gear: Rain capes or ponchos are great for keeping your head, upper body, and legs dry in case of wet weather.
  • Women-specific Commuter Clothes: Levi’s recently launched a Women’s Commuter Line with pants, jackets and shirts specifically designed for women biking. They’ve made sure the clothes are durable and water repellant with stretch fabric and reflective details. Watch their video about it.
  • High-Fashion Bike Clothing: There are companies focused entirely on bike clothing, as well as companies that are adding bike clothing lines. Vespertine NYC makes high-fashion accessories and reflective gear if you want to get swanky (an extra perk: SF Bicycle Coalition members get a discount).
  • If heels are your thing, rest assured that heels can be quite compatible with riding a bike.
  • Helmet Hack: Ever seen a helmet disguised as a hat? These quirky gear hacks will make you look twice.
  • Flash back to the 1890s and pick up some bloomers, which became popular in tandem with the Women’s Suffrage movement.

Women Bike SF is a new initiative of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to inspire more women, trans* and female-identified individuals to ride bikes, and to encourage and support them along the way through social events, rides and workshops.

Get involved with Women Bike SF by pedaling to an Energizer Station tomorrow for Bike to Work Day, signing our pledge to get a lady friend to ride, and joining us at the next Women Bike SF Coffee Club on May 22 to talk about all things bike (not just clothing tips!).

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This post is presented by Levi’s, a 2015 Bike to Work Day sponsor. The content is the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s own, and Levi’s does not exercise editorial control.


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