Lip service isn't good enough: here's what needs to change for cycling events to actually be inclusive

Concrete steps events should be taking for a more inclusive ridership

Marley Blonsky
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Marley Blonsky with her bike
Marley Blonsky

Cycling Weekly contributor Marley Blonsky is a paid athlete, the co-founder of the All Bodies on Bikes movement, a podcast host, model, advocate and consultant. She has also tackled some of the biggest events in North America, including Unbound and MidSouth Gravel. Blonksy is fiercely passionate about a more inclusive cycling world. The advice offered here are her personal suggestions, gleaned by her years in the bike world and attendance of many events.  These key actions were arranged in no specific order. 

Find Blonsky's other columns, here. 

Inclusion is all the buzz these days, with seemingly event after event claiming to “be inclusive.” But what does it take to put on a truly inclusive event? I’ve been lucky to attend more than my fair share of events - from gravel races to charity rides to cyclocross races (and many more) - and seen a wide spectrum of inclusion efforts. Read on for my take on the key actions that make an event actually inclusive and do more than just lip service.

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Marley Blonsky

Marley Blonsky is a fat adventure cyclist, co-founder of All Bodies on Bikes, co-host of the All Bodies on Bikes podcast, curve model, advocate, and consultant. Marley is fiercely passionate about size inclusion, believing that everyone deserves full access to life - including at work, in sport, and at home.