A two-day summit designed to empower and connect women and other underrepresented genders with the trails, cycling, and active transportation community. This includes cis women, trans women, women of color, the non-binary community, and those who are otherwise marginalized.

July 23 and 24

What is the summit’s purpose?

The summit is designed to build relationships, diversify and grow the cycling, active transportation, and social change movements, and empower women and the non-binary community to work in these spaces (or aspire to lean into these spaces). Focused on the region of Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas, the summit is intentional in increasing the diversity of women that participate in conversations and decision-making around these topics, whether that is due to lack of resources, access, or opportunity.

What to Expect

  • FRIDAY, JULY 23rd Virtual Summit 9am - 5pm

    Sessions Include:

    • The importance of engaging in the development of our growing cities
    • Learning how to organize the community to support a cause
    • Ways to cultivate resilience and avoid burning out
    • How to effectively engage with elected officials
    • Conversations about creating inclusive spaces
    • Spaces for sharing barriers to participation in outdoor communities
    • Celebrating your accomplishments with ritual and remedy
  • Saturday, July 24th Outdoor Experiences 9am to 12pm

    Experiences Include: 

    • Activities are designed for women to get to try a new activity and no previous experience is required
    • Choose activities such as riding bikes on the Razorback Greenway, taking your first ride on a mountain bike, kayaking, paddleboarding, hiking on a local trail, or even trying rock climbing for the first time at a local climbing gym.
    • All equipment is provided and included in summit registration.
  • Saturday, July 24th Summit Celebration 12pm - 2pm

    • For all summit attendees who can travel to downtown Springdale, we will celebrate with lunch at Natural State Rock and Republic, right off of the Razorback Greenway.

Is This Summit For Me?

This event was designed with all women* (cis and trans) in mind; this includes women of color and the non-binary community. We are intentionally trying to expand outside of the current trails, cycling, and active transportation bubble by welcoming women who typically haven’t participated in these communities. We also believe it is important to build relationships with women who are current members of those communities to deepen partnerships and connections. Summit attendees are not required to be cycling enthusiasts but are encouraged to be interested in social change, active transportation, nonprofits, community groups, or grassroots organizations making positive change within their community.

Financial Assistance Available

We want to remove as many barriers as possible that keep women from attending: Financial assistance is available to help cover the costs of being absent from a day or work and/or assist with child-care costs. Email [email protected] if you need financial assistance. We chose a streaming service that will make virtual sessions easy to access via mobile devices for those who may not have a computer or stable internet access. We are also mindful of our outdoor adventures being local and easy to get to and the importance of having down-to-earth guides to help make these experiences not only fun but comfortable. If you would like to try an outdoor activity for the first time then this is the right place for you.

*The Critical Mass Summit team is conscious of the ever-evolving language around gender and identity. The Summit team uses woman/en to refer to anyone who identifies as female, regardless of sex assigned at birth, gender expression, or gender identity. The goal is to create a space that is inclusive, respectful, and welcoming of the trans, cis and non-binary communities.

Still Have Some Questions?

Summit Sessions

Enjoy hearing from our stellar line-up of subject matter expert session leaders. All our sessions are relevant to anyone interested in the social change space. We have sessions on mobility, policies, community organizing, and avoiding burnout.

"Why We Should Engage in the Development of Our Growing Cities"

Dr. Destiny Thomas

"How to Organize the Community to Support a Cause"

Charlene Mack

"How to Sustain your Own Momentum-Cultivating Resilience to Avoid Burning Out"

Kelsey Blackwell

"How to Effectively Engage with Elected officials"

"Concurrent sessions for White and BIPOC women to explore Building Inclusive Spaces and Navigating Barriers"

"Celebrating your Accomplishments with Ritual and Remedy"

This summit is hosted by:

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BIKE NWA

BikeNWA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to create a more active transportation friendly community by advocating for safe, connected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure;

Bike NWA

BikeNWA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to create a more active transportation friendly community by advocating for safe, connected bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure; supporting programs and events that foster a thriving, fun cycling culture; and ensuring that diverse constituencies have a voice in the development of new policies and infrastructure.

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NWA TRAILBLAZERS

NWA Trailblazers is a nonprofit organization that develops multi-use trails for cycling, running, walking and most importantly, discovering the beauty found across NW Arkansas.

NWA Trailblazers

NWA Trailblazers is a nonprofit organization that develops multi-use trails for cycling, running, walking and most importantly, discovering the beauty found across NW Arkansas. For two decades the NWA Trailblazers have been committed to building quality trails. Community driven with the main goal to help NW Arkansas step outside and discover more.

Bike.poc

Bike.POC was formed by Kim Seay and Bea Apple in early 2020 to diversify the cycling community in Northwest Arkansas. They launched a series of Black Lives Matter rides to show support for racial justice issues

Bike.poc

Bike.POC was formed by Kim Seay and Bea Apple in early 2020 to diversify the cycling community in Northwest Arkansas. They launched a series of Black Lives Matter rides to show support for racial justice issues and create a welcoming place for people of color to participate. BikeNWA supported this effort by providing bikes and logistical support. In 2021, BikeNWA and BIke.POC have joined forces and will continue to work together in furtherance of their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion in the cycling and active transportation community in Northwest Arkansas.

Register Today!

We encourage people to attend both days, but if you can't, we understand. Choose which day works best for you!

*If you know of someone in need of support to attend this summit, email [email protected]

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