Bike Buddy programs are a growing trend in cities around the world. The common idea amongst the programs is to promote cycling as a viable form of transportation and to change behavior by giving people the tools they need to ride a bike: education, encouragement, and community. Bike Buddy programs are suitable for women that are: new at cycling and want to develop their cycling skills; new in town and want to get more familiar with the surroundings, or; feeling unsafe or insecure about cycling. The program generally matches a rider with a trained volunteer who is familiar with the surroundings and community routes. The volunteer can assist with a variety of things, such as: selecting a comfortable route; advice for riding safely in traffic; fixing a flat tire; choosing gear for commuting; taking a bike on the bus (or Bike-n-Ride), and; providing other tips and help with technique.
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