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  1. basic mechanics workshop organized by pedaleirax, an all women cycle group from florianopolis. credit pedaleirax

    Brazil’s Feminist Bike Groups Offer Safety, Solidarity

    They’re putting their mettle to the pedal. Biking in frenetic Brazilian traffic can be terrifying: 1,300 cyclists die there each year. For women, who represent a small percentage of riders, it’s even more intimidating. Facing sexual harassment and other indignities — especially at repair shops — some are now responding by joining all-female cycling groups. They offer solidarity and safety in group rides, while training members to know their rights and fix their bikes. One organizer’s even planning a cross-country ride, hoping to build a social media movement along the way.

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