Chicks on Bikes Radio

| March 12, 2012 | 2 Comments
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April Lemly is the host of Chicks on Bikes Radio, a monthly podcast celebrating women and cycling. Women’s Adventure chatted with the Long Beach, California, resident as she nears celebrating her show’s one-year anniversary to hear about what’s coming up in 2012.

Why did you start Chicks on Bikes Radio?

I am very passionate about outdoor sports and wilderness. I’m also a freelance graphic designer and volunteer with disabled youth learning to ski and snowboard. I’ve always been active and was trying to figure out how to make a difference. Chicks on Bikes is a nice way to combine all of that. It started out as a weekend project and morphed into a monthly live show and weekly interviews, all of which go into a podcast that you can get on iTunes.

What types of people do you interview?

We celebrate women in cycling, but my interviews don’t always have to be with a woman. I’ve been setting some broad themes on my schedule, so I just seek out people connected to the theme. Upcoming themes include bike share, bikeable cities and bike districts, and bike literature. In spring and summer: teens and clubs tied to mountain biking, great tours, fun events and rides, and people who volunteer on bike projects. I’ve been really lucky because people keep saying yes to my interview requests.

Along with the podcast, what else are you doing related to cycling?

I’m developing a Riders and Writers Project with a local League of American Bicyclists cycling instructor, which will be a weekend workshop for inner-city girls. We are going to do writing lessons and then go out riding. I’m also working with Girls Today Women Tomorrow, another inner-city mentoring program, to help get teen girls on bikes. I will then use the radio show to interview the girls to share their experiences. My hope is to grow this in other cities. I’m really excited about it.

Visit chicksonbikesradio.com and follow April on Twitter @chicksonbikesgo

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