Streetfilm: Ladies’ Repair Night

Here’s a great documentary-style Streetfilm about the Recycle-a-Bicycle program from Elizabeth Press, who writes:

Recycle-A-Bicycle takes donated bicycles, repairs them and reintroduces them to the community through earn-a-bike programs in schools and sales from their non-profit retail locations. Although their work mainly focuses on environmental education and job training programs for New York City youth, they also host repair classes for people of all ages. Every Tuesday evening after the shop closes, Susan Lindell teaches bike mechanics 101 to women.

  • Dave

    This “Ladies Repair Night” is illegal under NYS state law barring discrimination based on gender except where extenuating circumstances allow. (All “ladies night” drink special promotions at bars are also illegal BTW)

    While I think no intent to discriminate is present here and I’m not going to show up to see if I can get help as a man, I’d suggest re-wording the copy to perhaps place an emphasis on women but to avoid an exclusionary phrase like “teaches bike mechanics 101 to women”

  • Lars

    The above comment is a joke, right?

    My gym has a ladies only free weights room. No one has a problem with it and that’s hundreds of people..

  • Thank you Karen Overton… wherever you are. Oh wait I’ll see her today.

  • Dave

    Actually Lars it’s tongue-in-cheek but not completely a joke, as the law prohibits discrimination of any sort based on sex. So technically the ladies free-weight room is probably illegal as I cannot think of a reason it needs to be women only (unlike other medical or criminal settings where it is appropriate).

    Look at it this way, if your gym had a men’s-only weight room how long until some woman complained about it? But it’s a two-way street so if men are forced to open to women, they opposite must be true.

    On this basis I believe the whole Curves chain (apart from being run by right-wing fruitcakes) is in fact a violation of sex non-discrimination law.

    The problem is that women care a lot more about access to men’s areas than the contrary. I personally am just pissed that women drink for free when I have to pay at ladies’ nights.

  • Al B.

    Actually I heard that RAB tried to start a Men’s Night a while back, but the problem was no one kept showing up!

  • Dave

    Like I said no one sees the need for a Men’s Night but it doesn’t make a “Ladies Night” any more appropriate or legal.

  • adifferentLARS

    All I can say is BRAVO!

    Keep coming back.

  • In Chicago, we have several organizations that do this. See a list on this page:

    http://chicagobikes.org/public/donations.php

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