This May the rumble from those April showers will continue a little longer as thousands of female riders hit the open road to celebrate the first-ever Women Riders Month. Harley-Davidson is staging a series of events designed to celebrate the number of women who have already hit the open road on two wheels, as well as encourage even more women to get behind the handlebars. Two of the larger Harley-Davidson Women Riders Month initiatives include activities for the Third Annual International Female Ride Day on Friday, May 1, 2009, and encouraging 100,000 women to learn to ride.
International Female Ride Day was started by Vicki Gray of Motoress.com and falls on the first Friday of May every year. The 2010 date is Friday May 7. The special day seeks to promote awareness and celebrate women riders of all ages across the globe. This year Harley-Davidson jumped on the bandwagon by declaring the whole month of May Women Riders Month with plans to stage special rides in New York City and Milwaukee to commemorate International Female Ride Day on May 1. There are other activities planned for around the country, so check with your local dealership,
women's club, or plan your own ride during the month and make some noise that May is Women Rider's Month. Feel free to use WRN's Connect With Others page to reach out to women in your area. And then send in a story and a photo about your ride or event to our Readers' Stories. We may just post it on the site.
Many of WRN's readers have participated in rider safety programs, like Harley-Davidson Rider's Edge New Rider Course or the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course. Now it's time to get your friends involved. Both Rider's Edge and MSF are offering courses for the first weekend in May aiming to set a Guinness World Record for the number of women motorcycle riders trained in one weekend. The goal is get 100,000 women signed up and trained across the nation.
"Women have been enjoying the sport of motorcycling for the last century," said Leslie Prevish, women's outreach manager for Harley-Davidson. "In the past two decades, we've seen a dramatic increase in the number of women who've embraced the sport. By declaring May as Women Riders Month, we're honoring all of the women who enjoy the freedom and adventure found in taking control of their own handlebars."
In the past 20 years, the percentage of women who have purchased new Harley-Davidson motorcycles has tripled, with women now accounting for nearly 12 percent of new Harley-Davidson motorcycle purchases. "We know there are thousands of women who are interested in the sport, but aren't sure where to start," said Prevish. "We are encouraging women to learn how to ride a motorcycle to increase the women rider community and help them along their journey."
For more information on how to get into motorcycling including classes, beginners bikes, and much more visit WRN's Getting Started Page in the Beginner's Guide Section, or go to RidersEdge.com or MSF-USA.org.
Look out for women-only Garage Parties at Harley-Davidson dealerships throughout the month of May. WRN Founder Genevieve Schmitt will be speaking at a Garage Party at Freedom Harley-Davidson in Lakewood, Colorado, a suburb of Denver, on May 9 to deliver her "Making More Saddle Time" speech.
Visit your local Harley-Davidson dealership or log onto Harley-Davidson.com/WomenRiders to find out about Garage Parties or the opportunity to participate International Female Ride Day rides.