100 Miles for 100 Years of Suffrage
Join Shifting Gears and the WA Historical Society in celebrating the 100th year of the Suffrage Movement and the power of the bicycle to initiate change.
Susan B. Anthony, a pivotal activist in the women’s suffrage movement said:
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”
Using the bicycle as a centerpiece to remind our community about the Suffragists who fought for white women’s right to vote, Shifting Gears is encouraging participants to ‘ride a mile for every year of the Suffragist Movement’ between July 1st and September 30th. It has been 100 years since the 19th Amendment was enacted!
100 miles is a lot of ground to cover! Participants can take on the challenge on their own, or join as a team (for an extra $5)! You don't have to ride a 100 miles in one day....you can work towards your goal over a period of time! We hope you will stretch your comfort zone in the best ways for you and your life
For every 10 miles a participant rides, they will receive a card paying homage to past and current suffragists. Participants or Teams who collect 10 different cards will be entered into a drawing for a prize donated by local businesses. This drawing will be hosted live on October 3rd.
To participate in this event, sign up. Your $15 (solo) or $20 (Team) entry fee includes:
Access to Shifting Gears’ private club on Ride with GPS where you will be able to access a number of suggested routes and turn by turn directions to follow these routes. You will be able to track your progress and see how other riders are doing in their quest for a 100 miles.
Private membership to a Facebook Group where you will have access to ideas to motivate your ride partners, encouragement, suggestions on more ride routes, opportunities to share your rides with other participants.
For every 10 miles you ride you will receive a special card depicting a Washingtonian Suffragist. They are great inspiration!
Collect 10 cards and you will be entered into a drawing for some cool prizes donated by local and national companies.
For an additional $15 you can add a cool t-shirt commemorating your support of the Suffrage Movement, Shifting Gears and your riding achievements!
If the cost of joining this virtual group ride is a barrier - please reach out to us at and we can offer you a scholarship.
If finances are not a concern to you, please consider donating to Shifting Gears to cover the cost of other riders who may not have the financial means.