5 Questions for Liz Jose of WE Bike NYC
1. What is WE bike? What is your position at WE bike?
WE Bike is a ride group in NYC aimed at getting more women on the road. I am the founder of WE Bike. I started WE Bike because I realized there wasn’t a women’s only ride group in the city, and that having a group like this might help more women start to ride. As women, WE realize that there are unique barriers to cycling for women, and that riding in a supportive group can be a great way to start building confidence. WE offer a variety of types of rides including training rides (think: sweating), social rides (think: Ice cream), and field trips (think: riding on the track, or visiting a frame building studio). WE also offer teams for group rides like the 5 Boro Bike Tour and ride scholarships so that money is never a barrier to getting out there! Skirts to spandex, cross bikes to cruisers, we’ve got it all!
2. Does your bike have a story?
I have 3 bikes here in New York. I know that’s excessive, but I have a problem getting rid of bikes because each one has a special story. I have a custom built Benjamin bicycle, which was made by a local frame builder and good friend in Brooklyn. Ben and I worked together for months to get everything just right in terms of size, style and function. It even has my initials on the seat stays in gold! I also have a red Royal Mail bicycle that I brought back with me from South Africa last summer. The story behind that one is pretty long, but the short version is that I went to South Africa and volunteered at the Bicycle Empowerment Network- an amazing organization helping entrepreneurs set up community cycle shops. I fell in love with the mail bike, and after much labor and love from all the BEN staff, got it back to my apartment in NYC, where I use it to cart around tons of stuff. It’s my mini-van bike. My last bike is a green Trek that I rode from Boston to San Francisco a few years ago. Needless to say, riding that bike is like coming home.
3. What is your favorite restaurant in NYC?
This is a hard question. Usually, I’m so hungry my favorite restaurant is whatever is right in front of me! When friends or family are in town I really like to take them to Caracas in Brooklyn. The food is delicious and the ambiance is great. I also really love the micheladas there, which are kindof like a bloody mary with beer.
4. Early bird or night owl?
I am an early bird. For sure. I love the city before everyone is awake.
5. Who is someone you admire?
I think Michelle Obama is the most incredible woman! She has mastered being articulate, feminine, stylish, powerful and smart all at the same time. She is the first leader I have seen who has been able to hold onto this balance with un-erring poise. She is a leader, a mother, a thinker and a style icon. I aspire to be all these things, and also to do them with half the elegance of Mrs. Obama.