Helmet hair: Biking styles for women

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  • GWC member Michelle Novie sports a braided low side bun. Photo: Ryan Segedi

  • Stylist works on GWC member Lucy Robson's do. Photo: Ryan Segedi  

  • Cyclist Lucy Robson with the perfect helmet do. Photo: Ryan Segedi  

  • Angela Azzolino tips her helmet. Photo: GWC

Talk about bad hair days: this summer’s heat, humidity and rain have presented a special challenge for women bike riders. With the approach of Summer Streets — three Saturdays (August 5, 12 and 19) when almost seven miles of city streets will be open to the public for walking, running and biking — Angela Azzolino, Program Creator and Executive Director of Get Women Cycling (GWC) offers some styling tips for women cyclists.

“Our goal is to unite cyclists and provide support for active women, female-identifying, and non-gender conforming people by offering a way to engage with cyclists on post-ride appearance — an issue often cited as a deterrent to sustained bicycle riding,” Azzolino said at the start of bike season in May to launch their annual “Show Me Helmet Hair” social media campaign. A former bike mechanic, Azzolino founded GWC in 2015 to elevate and sustain female bicycle ridership through engagement and education.

Helmet-friendly hair styles can be seen in these photos of GWC members.

For more information about Get Women Cycling go to www.getwomencycling.com and follow GWC on social media: @getwomencycling

For information about Summer Streets, go to www.nyc.gov/html/dot/summerstreets/html/home/home.shtml

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