Meet the Women Cyclists Who’ll Inspire You

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The remarkable line-up of speakers for No Sweat! A Girls’ Guide to Bicycling in New York City, the panel on women’s cycling that I’ll be moderating at Bike Expo New York on Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m. have varied backgrounds. What unites them is a passion for cycling in New York City and for inspiring others to join in.

With the kick-off of Bike Month in May and the imminent launch of the Citi Bike share system, cycling is front and center, so it’s the perfect time to talk about getting more women to ride for transportation, recreation and fitness. The five speakers will share their personal experiences, their adventures in the city’s growing network of bike lanes and their tips for integrating cycling into daily living. Get to know them here, and start thinking about your questions for the Q + A following the panel!

Diane Jones Randall (top photo) is Director of Custom Publishing at NBC Universal’s iVillage. Having inherited a love of New York City history from her father, Randall decided last year to take up cycling both to explore the city and to build fitness. Beginning with short rides on traffic-free paths, Randall steadily expanded her range and mileage. Today, rides on her vintage Raleigh have become a cherished part of Randall’s vibrant life in the city.


Caroline Samponaro is Senior Director of Campaigns & Organizing at Transportation Alternatives, New York City’s leading transportation advocacy organization. Samponaro is one of the nation’s foremost advocates for urban cycling and has spearheaded New York City’s rapid transformation into a bicycle-friendly city since 2000. When Samponaro isn’t bicycling or advocating, she’s most likely trying to catch a wave somewhere along the East Coast.

Dani Simons is the Director of Marketing for NYC Bike Share, the operators of Citi Bike, New York’s new bike share system. She has been promoting bicycling and sustainable transportation in New York for nearly a decade, including launching Summer Streets. Simons loves bike commuting and sneaking in longer rides, especially if they involve ice cream.

Stephanie Kaplan, is Communications Director at African Services Committee, a non-profit based in Harlem. She is a 2013 Women’s Cycling Ambassador for Specialized Bicycles, with a passion for getting more women on two wheels.Kaplan’s love of cycling is rooted in her Peace Corp service in Africa; she commutes to work every day by bike and also races for the Asphalt Green Cycling Team.

Julie Hirschfeld (below) is Founder of Adeline Adeline, a bike shop focusing on beautiful European-style city bikes. Prior to becoming a bike person, Hirschfeld was a partner in the graphic design firm StilettoNYC.


Bike Expo New York on May 3 – 4 is an annual celebration of cycling in New York City. The Expo features more than 90 exhibitors representing leading brands and organizations in biking, and also includes an array of special programs and educational opportunities. The Expo is the venue for registration packet pickup by the more than 30,000 participants in the TD Five Boro Bike Tour on May 5.

Can’t wait to see you on Saturday, and please help us spread the word! Click here for event details.


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