In spring 2022, Boise Bicycle Project started a monthly Femme Empowerment Mechanics evening to provide a social space for women, trans and nonbinary folks interested in bicycles.
As FEM Night gained traction and more attendees began showing up each month, employees Anika, Roxy, Joleen, and Matt realized Boise was in need in more gender-specific spaces in cycling, as well as more connection between already existing organizations supporting diverse identities in our community. RAR Boise hopes to unify and support ongoing efforts of inclusion in the cycling community.
Anika (she/her) was born and raised in Boise, Idaho and spent her childhood riding her bike in her grandparent’s backyard, along the Boise River Greenbelt, and in Idaho’s Sawtooth Forest. She graduated from Boise State University in 2023 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing Nonfiction. Her writing centers around gender, natural history, and bicycles. Her most recent nonfiction work-in-progress, titled “The Bimbo’s Guide to Bicycle Mechanics,” braids personal narratives with bicycle history and how gender informs her experience as a shop mechanic.
Matt (they/them) is an avid mountain and gravel biker who has been finding joy in exploring the trails and roads around Boise, Idaho. In addition, they are the Lead Mechanic and Educator at Boise Bicycle Project where they teach classes and help promote equity and inclusion in the DIY space. Even before coming out as Gender-Queer in 2020, they have been working to create a welcoming and inclusive community in outdoor spaces for all! They are super excited to bring not only their mechanical knowledge to the Boise RAR Chapter but also their passion for what RAR is all about!
Joleen (she/they) is fresh to the cycling industry. She started working at Boise Bicycle Project and found a passion for the way cycling connects people. While working there, they helped to start an inclusive event called FEM Night where women, non-binary, and trans folks are welcome to attend and learn bicycle maintenance and repairs in a non-judgemental space. Joleen is excited for a RAR Boise chapter to connect with more awesome riders and share radical experiences with them!
Roxy (she/they) If I’m not catching live music or hanging with friends, I’m on my bike. From bmx as a kid, to track bikes, to now overloaded commuters/adventure bikes. I’ve been on two wheels the majority of my life. I’ve always associated freedom and fun with bikes. I love getting involved with organizing, activism, and events. I want to bring like minded people together and create space for good vibes.
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