From OPinions Blog Post to Panel Discussion

By Tanya Stern

Pedaling Professionally moderator and OP Ward 4 Planner Malaika Abernathy and panelists Delores Simmons, Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Office of Planning, Keya Chatterjee, and Elizabeth Lyttleton. Photo: Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Pedaling Professionally moderator and OP Community Planner Malaika Abernathy and panelists Delores Simmons, Harriet Tregoning, Director of the Office of Planning, Keya Chatterjee, and Elizabeth Lyttleton. Photo: Washington Area Bicyclist Association

OP staffer Malaika Abernathy wrote a post for OPinions in May on the challenges of biking to work and maintaining a professional appearance. Malaika’s post was instantly one of the most popular OPinions posts to date, shared by many in the DC biking community, particularly by other women who bike regularly.  The post garnered so much interest it spawned a panel event on June 26th, “Pedaling Professionally,” sponsored by Black Women Bike DC, Capital Spokeswomen, and WABA’s Women & Bicycles Program.  Malaika served as the moderator of a panel of professional DC women who bike to work regularly, including DC Office of Planning Director Harriet Tregoning.

Check out WABA’s blog for more details from the event, including photos and tweets from the discussion.