Name: Diana Rempe
Occupation: Street Librarian
Years in Portland:16
Type of riding you do most frequently: Commuting
How are you currently using bikes in Portland?
Our family doesn't own a car, so we use bikes almost exclusively to get around Portland. My work is also done by bike as I work for Street Books--we are a bicycle-powered library for folks living outside. We take our two amazing bike libraries and do 4 shifts in 7 places, bringing books and conversation to folks on the margins who might not be able to access the county library system because of structural barriers. So, I am out on a bike in Portland every day of the year.
Who is/was a woman that inspired you (to ride)?
My mother. My mom has always biked and always expected that I'd be right there with her. Even in Dallas, TX in the 1970s--hardly a bastion of bike friendliness--we rode all over the place. And my mom never stopped--from her retirement in southern Alabama she led bike rides with other retired folks and now, even as she struggles with Alzheimer's, she is still a daily rider.
What have you done, or what are you doing, to get more women on bikes?
Although this is not aimed solely at girls, the work I love most is with my youngest daughter, who's a fifth grader at Beach elementary in north Portland. Every Friday, rain or shine, we host the Friday bike club. We meet kids (and their parents) at a designated corner and all ride to school together. It normalizes all weather, all ages, all genders, all abilities, riding--and it is really fun!