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Yeah, but some of us no longer work/don't have jobs
I cycle leisurely but work from home so unlikely to cycle to work.
It's great to be able to put faces to the names on the email we get from Love to ride!👍
Angus - Love to Ride
Great to have you here folks - for any questions, please direct them to the Q&A box and we will get to these at the end :)
Hey everyone! 👋🏻 Excited to spend my lunch break here x x I’m part of the New Forest Off Road Club and was recommended this webinar by Amanda from Sustrans x
circular commute Judith!
Lol that’s exactly it Ian!!! I do sometimes call it my commute
Claire - Love to Ride
Thanks everyone and great to see so many folks here. Any questions, pop them in the Q and A and we will try to get to them at the end!
Can Bike for Good be credited for the Rabaha case study please. Thanks
What a brilliant mission
This data is fascinating, thank you for sharing
Agree Nicola. V interesting
I have just signed up but surprised from a data point of view you do not ask about mental health motivations as being in many women groups - it for many is a bigger motivation than physical health.
In York we have https://yorkbikebelles.community/ who are very supportive
Embarassed (!) to say I've only just heard about Love To Ride through my workplace. So much to look into!
I think that's a good point Judith.
Excellent to see 👏🏻
Claire - Love to Ride
Thanks Judith, our baselining process is constantly being tweaked so I’ll definitely pass that feedback on to our wider team! Great to have you on the platform!
Same Alison! Had no idea these groups existed
I was not aware of the love to ride app but the tracker sounds ideal! I usually use Stava but I might switch :)
Me neither Nicola. It's groups that I need to get me out the door! Confidence and safety in numbers!
Amazing! Many thanks
Fleur, will the new app, pick up indoor rides too?
Glad you can't hear us. Noisy cat here too lol
Same here Adele about the roads.
They are fantastic tops Adele!
Yes, great tops
I am trying to register on Learn to Ride but getting error messages - not sure if everyone is doing it as well that why lol !
Tierney, if you’re on FB, I set up e-Bike Belles FB group for ladies to share adventures, advice, ask questions without ridicule which often happened in male dominated groups.
Biggest issue for me has been catcalling and wolf-whistling (though I am a solo cyclist mostly) and idiot drivers!
I've only just heard about Breeze groups and signed up to a few local groups. Looking forward to going out with some.
Love to Ride has been a major part of me getting out more on my bike
Fleur - Love to Ride
Great to hear that Y Witter!
Totally agree about the group rides, great fun and feel much safer in a group.
Has been an important part of my motivation too.
Agree about riding on the roads.
I have been waiting to launch my "Grans Getting Out" cycling group in Sheffield. Got delayed since last year due to COVID
I did lots of riding alone last year because of pandemic, and couldn't wait to get the chance to do group and social rides to learn from more experienced riders. Have been on two this month now they're restarting. One was a Breeze ride, on Sunday just gone. It was great.
Bike maintenance can definitely be a barrier for some people.
Great insights and stats today. I’m feeling motivated to find some new social groups to ride with! I also want my two young children (girls!) to see me riding / over coming barriers…
Yes, roads can be a put cycling in groups is very helpful. I have to cycle on a busy road to meet the groups most of the time
If you're in London, London Cycling Campaign have a great Cycle Buddies scheme for building up confidence to ride on the roads. I've also integrated this into the cycling organisation I set up and run in Derby - Spoke Out. It is quite easy to organise and manage so could be easily implemented by local orgs & groups. You can find out more via the below link and if you have any questions feel free to get in touch as I'm always happy to have a chat :)https://www.spokeout.org.uk/cycle-buddies/
When I feel unsafe on roads I cycle more defensively, I take up more space and ride closer to the middle of the road, I indicate more and look over my shoulder more. From my experience a car will only need to wait behind me for up to 10 seconds. As a commuter I always carry a D-lock, and although this is sad, it helps me feel more protected.
Eleanor van der Hoest
Yes, being able to fix a puncture is highly empowering. Also need for knowledge of good practice on roads - it's all in the National Standard and not all is intuitive, so training is important.
Angus - Love to Ride
@Emma Green - I admire your defensiveness!
The "other" bit of infrastructure that I would like to see is more places at cafes or workplaces to hang up wet cycling gear!
D2DCyclingclothing.co.uk do larger sized cycle wear for ladies too and very reasonably priced.
segregated/protected cycle lanes are only really helpful if they are of significant length and well maintained
cycling scotland has National Standard cycle training that can be delivered to groups or individuals. some sessions are fully funded too
I ride at club level, we need to have more opportunities for women who want to ride at more advance levels. I have linked in with a local club to set up a women's group
Claire - Love to Ride
So much knowledge being shared here in the chat as well! Thank you everyone.
Scottish cycling have a lot of clubs - more sport focussed, but another opportunity to be involved. they also have a working group that meets every quarter
Better, more secure, covered, parking for bikes in city centres, near railway stations, near large public buildings definitely needs to happen. A couple of bike racks out in the rain just don't cut it any more and make me less likely to take my bike into town.
Yes - Sandra- it's the fear of being dropped in the first mile that prevents a lot of women (like me) from even trying the club level rides.
I’m doing my inaugural ride as a ride leader tomorrow for Belles on Bikes as there was no group in Fife. I hope the rain stays off!
I agree @Sandra Edwards. I ride at club level too. I'm doing my first TT with the club this evening and I'm already nervous and talking myself out of it. Not enough support for women to make the step up.
@natalie GOOD LUCK :)
for those in the central belt - theres are really lovely club called Aria Wheelers.
Agree Ian. It's important to remember that cyclists are road users and should feel safe on the roads. Integration is very important and riders shouldn't feel they have to be regulated to off road facilities.
does anyone know any clubs in Edinburgh?
I recently bought a tandem and very surprised and wonder if it is bias that it seems impossible to have a small female captain and a large mail stoker… seems all of them are designed for women to be on the back. Bit random but still wondered about the bias, never mind the jokes of being on the front to my male OH.
@Natalie.. please don't talk yourself out. Go and do what you feel confident doing...your best is all you can do
Kirsteen Torrance who runs Inspire WMN Cycling delivers lots of womens sessions to support women wanting to develop skills on club or road rides. these are usually delivered at the Fife Cycle Park. Check out Inspire WMN Cycling on facebook
Those photos are brilliant
Thanks @Y Witter and @sandra Edwards so kind. You know what that is what I'm going to do! :)
Agreed, Ian, about the segregated lanes only being useful if they cover a long distance. They should be joined up into a network too. There are a few nice segregated bike paths around here, but they're mostly short and then just leave you back on a busy road.
I'm in East Lancashire and don't know of any segregated bike paths near me :(
In my experience, the main issue is that those responsible for designing and implementing cycling programmes and infrastructure are predominantly, or exclusively, white able-bodied men. This means they are designed for men, by men. It is challenging to raise awareness of and address these really important issues Tierney is discussing when there is no female representation in the decision making process...
@Ian and Elizabeth. Totally agree. I often wonder if the people who designed these segregated lanes ever go out and cycle before they implement them
The most annoying thing for me is cars parking in the cylae
Another barrier I've found is practical clothing, one thing being pockets, I need clothes with decent sized pockets so I don't need a bag. And also waterproof clothing, men always seem to have more practical and comfortable stuff. Is there any chance someone has any recommendations for practical clothing?
Often temporary road works with traffic lights don’t cater for cyclists or allow enough time to get through.
My mum rides a trike! After years or struggling with two wheels she now loves going out for a ride.
Absolutely, I was recently terrified of seeing traffic approaching me in the opposite direction, and cycled like a mad thing to get through the works!
Emma, cycling jerseys and jackets usually have large pockets on the back - specifically for carrying stuff you want on a ride without having to have an extra bag. But it's always harder to find women'c cycling gear in the bricks and mortar stores rather than online.
DHB and Lusso stuff is good value @Emma. You don't need to spend a fortune as some kit is shocking. Keep your eye on Aldi's special event for good value as well
World Bicycle Relief here - we partnered with Breeze earlier in 2021 and have met lots of lovely ladies who have been super supportive! This is a great conversation and fascinating to listen to. If anybody is interested, we have a global ride (Pedal to Empower) supporting women on June 5th: https://worldbicyclerelief.org/pedal-to-empower/. Also, our new campaign is live and here - all donations matched for the duration of the campaign. https://worldbicyclerelief.org/women-on-wheels/
You have all "lifted" me up. What an "AWESOME" event.
How do we get rid of the 'hate mindset' from drivers?
Emma, you can get some really cool bike bags too. Swift bags and Wizard works do great bike bags so you can carry stuff on your bike and not have to wear a bag
@lucy they are sometimes not even cyclists!
Great listen here too about Women's barriers /solutions to cycling and Inspiring Tracey Mosley!Great Webinar L2R peeps thanks Keep On Rollin' Bike it Ray https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000vq76
Thanks for the recommendations, I'm a commuter mostly and cycling jersey's tend to be a bit loud to wear at work (I have a couple for social rides), I'll check to suggestions, thanks!!
Janet, you're so right about the temporary lights. Had that issue nearby recently when the temporary lights made no provision for the cyclists coming off a popular shared path through a park, leaving them with no clue when it was safe to proceed,
It definitely stops me going far from home!
I think not being able to fix a tyre really could be a barrier for people who have no support network.
I've recently started indexing my gears, it's suprisingly easy, just takes some time when you start but it's doable!
For women's cycle clothing - VeloVixon https://www.velovixen.com/ is an online shop that specialises in this. I can recommend their padded pants!
I think confidence, speed and not being the slowest is more of an issue for women riding in my groups rather than not being able to fix a tyre.
Time is a really good point. Busy ladies with other priorities may not have the time to divert to bike maintenance.
Eleanor van der Hoest
Being able to fix minor problems def makes a difference to whether I venture on a longer ride on my own.
I have done bike maintenance course and it was not until I had a puncture that I had to put into practice what I learn. Having the right tools is PARAMOUNT!. I have been doing it for other women and children. Practice, practice, practice
Always good to wave on a male rider that comes to help the damsel in distress :)
We have women message to say they would love to join a ride but they are looking after kids. I think offering child care to a parent would help to remove a block
If your really worried that you are stuck with a mechanical is use ETA which is a bike recovery service
@Eleanor - agree. Not had to do it very often and I'd probably struggle if out on my own but it does cross my mind when planning longer rides!
I heard about this through my workplace - University
I was very proud when I changed a tyre on the side of the road on my own and I told everyone … proud moment. I knew I was ready for Ride London 100.
At my workplace, University we have a bike doctor coming in monthly to check staff bikes over FOC
@Tina - that's fab! I always take my phone and would probably turn to YouTube!
@tina good for you! One Ride London I had three punctures :)
Here’s a link to the New Forest Off Road Club. https://www.instagram.com/newforestoffroadclub/?hl=en We would love to have you ride with us if anyone ever finds themselves in Hampshire! 🌲
In Sheffield there was a project to fix old bikes for refugees and to ride - great for anybody on very low incomes, and mental health benefits too
Thanks Nicola - I’m in the New Forest and would love to come along some time!
Eleanor van der Hoest
yes, many stop cycling age 10 or so. On restarting, they often lack the physical and knowledge skills and can become a hazard on the road. Hence training but many don't know it's available.
Getting teenagers to keep cycling hopefully means they're less likely to want to get a car as soon as they're 17!
Its been sooo worth it
plenty of teenagers around here showing off wheelies
I'm so with that Claire. There so many things that affect women that don't affect men and that's a great idea. Thanks for sharing.
Same Claire. We’re on that same journey! There 1 hundo needs to be both.
Makes sense Tierney
I have to go, I’m sorry to miss the end! Many many thanks for this, can’t wait for the next!
Thanks for a wonderful event.
Thanks everyone. Great event. Very interesting, very informative. Look forward to receiving any further info/slides
Fabulous event. So informative. Thank you!
Thanks so much everybody.
Eleanor van der Hoest
Getting kids cycling early and experiencing it also if parents ride it becomes normal for the kids.
Such a great event. Thanks for running. Brilliant data, fab advice and ideas.
Great event - thanks!
Thank you so much :)
Thanks everyone - apologies for only texting to panelists. I always forget to change the chat sharing!