We came to Colorado for more than the Rocky Mountains, we came to meet with Shannon Galpin, Founder of Mountain2Mountain and Producer of Afghan Cycles, a documentary and about Afghanistan’s First Women’s Cycling Team. Shannon is a steadfast advocate for the improvement of the lives of women and girls in conflict regions. Not only is she an advocate, she travels to these places to meet the women she wants to help. She is awesome! We came together to talk about next year's global solidarity ride for the first Afghan Women’s National Cycle Team, finally meet Shannon and talk travel.
Designhype started at the intersection of subway transportation and women’s safety and comfort. We envisioned our first product to help women travel freely, which is why we were so moved by the incredible determination of Afghan women cyclists to fight for the ability to move freely despite the odds and danger. These courageous women risk their lives to ride because cycling allows them a means to attain an education and enter the workforce. With bicycles, female teachers can reach rural schools where men are not allowed to teach adolescent girls, midwives can reach remote communities to prevent mortalities in childbirth, and girls can get to school. Like so many other people around the globe, we know that we want to show our solidarity with these incredible women and girls.
Over coffee in Frisco, Colorado, we brainstormed wearable designs for next year’s global solidarity ride. We talked about everything from the difficulty of making a street map of Kabul, to the need to keep the map route private to ensure the safety of the women cyclists and also to meet the need of making global riders feel connected to one another and the Afghan cycling team. After all of this discovery we are excited to bring these ideas into the studio and begin creating. In the meantime, as we design with these brave women in mind, we are contributing our gold Metro Cuffs to Afghan Cycles documentary Kickstarter campaign, please support these amazing women and girls and share! Support and Share Afghan Cycles - there's only 8 days left!
*Images courtesy of Afghan Cycles and Shannon Galpin