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Supporting Women to Ride - Shared screen with speaker view
Debby Cobbett
12:36
Yeah, but some of us no longer work/don't have jobs
Judith Broug
13:02
I cycle leisurely but work from home so unlikely to cycle to work.
Mat Reaney
13:09
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
13:30
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 :)
nicola Carass
13:31
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
Ian Baker
13:33
circular commute Judith!
Judith Broug
14:08
Lol that’s exactly it Ian!!! I do sometimes call it my commute
nicola Carass
16:56
Hey!❤️
Claire - Love to Ride
19:06
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!
Shgufta Anwar
29:04
Can Bike for Good be credited for the Rabaha case study please. Thanks
nicola Carass
31:45
What a brilliant mission
nicola Carass
36:57
This data is fascinating, thank you for sharing
Alison Wolstenholme
37:34
Agree Nicola. V interesting
Judith Broug
41:00
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.
Debby Cobbett
42:19
In York we have https://yorkbikebelles.community/ who are very supportive
Alison Wolstenholme
42:25
Embarassed (!) to say I've only just heard about Love To Ride through my workplace. So much to look into!
Gayle Amorowson
42:27
I think that's a good point Judith.
nicola Carass
43:55
Excellent to see 👏🏻
Claire - Love to Ride
44:04
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!
nicola Carass
44:48
Same Alison! Had no idea these groups existed
Rachel B
45:25
I was not aware of the love to ride app but the tracker sounds ideal! I usually use Stava but I might switch :)
Alison Wolstenholme
45:45
Me neither Nicola. It's groups that I need to get me out the door! Confidence and safety in numbers!
nicola Carass
46:31
Amazing! Many thanks
Janet Kerr
47:05
Fleur, will the new app, pick up indoor rides too?
Alison Wolstenholme
47:06
Glad you can't hear us. Noisy cat here too lol
Alison Wolstenholme
48:50
Same here Adele about the roads.
Mat Reaney
49:46
They are fantastic tops Adele!
Alison Wolstenholme
50:00
Yes, great tops
Shgufta Anwar
50:27
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 !
Janet Kerr
51:33
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.
Judith Broug
51:43
Biggest issue for me has been catcalling and wolf-whistling (though I am a solo cyclist mostly) and idiot drivers!
Alison Wolstenholme
51:49
I've only just heard about Breeze groups and signed up to a few local groups. Looking forward to going out with some.
Y Witter
52:54
Love to Ride has been a major part of me getting out more on my bike
Fleur - Love to Ride
53:15
Great to hear that Y Witter!
Ailsa Brown
53:39
Totally agree about the group rides, great fun and feel much safer in a group.
Chantel Waring
53:53
Has been an important part of my motivation too.
Alison Wolstenholme
54:03
Agree about riding on the roads.
Y Witter
54:32
I have been waiting to launch my "Grans Getting Out" cycling group in Sheffield. Got delayed since last year due to COVID
Elizabeth Charles
54:41
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.
Alison Wolstenholme
55:25
Bike maintenance can definitely be a barrier for some people.
sian keen
56:31
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…
Y Witter
56:32
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
Lucy Giuliano
56:36
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/
Emma Green
56:38
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
56:53
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
57:37
https://fatladattheback.com/
Y Witter
58:06
@Emma Green - I admire your defensiveness!
Susan Jensen
59:09
The "other" bit of infrastructure that I would like to see is more places at cafes or workplaces to hang up wet cycling gear!
Janet Kerr
01:00:07
D2DCyclingclothing.co.uk do larger sized cycle wear for ladies too and very reasonably priced.
Ian Baker
01:00:16
segregated/protected cycle lanes are only really helpful if they are of significant length and well maintained
Nina Saunders
01:00:41
cycling scotland has National Standard cycle training that can be delivered to groups or individuals. some sessions are fully funded too
Sandra Edwards
01:00:53
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
01:01:36
So much knowledge being shared here in the chat as well! Thank you everyone.
Nina Saunders
01:01:56
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
Elizabeth Charles
01:01:57
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.
Susan Jensen
01:02:14
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.
Janet Kerr
01:02:46
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!
Natalie Egan
01:02:56
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.
Sandra Edwards
01:03:35
@natalie GOOD LUCK :)
Nina Saunders
01:03:38
for those in the central belt - theres are really lovely club called Aria Wheelers.
Mat Reaney
01:03:51
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.
Karen Biggar
01:04:15
does anyone know any clubs in Edinburgh?
Judith Broug
01:04:32
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.
Y Witter
01:05:07
@Natalie.. please don't talk yourself out. Go and do what you feel confident doing...your best is all you can do
Nina Saunders
01:05:30
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
nicola Carass
01:05:37
Those photos are brilliant
Natalie Egan
01:06:00
Thanks @Y Witter and @sandra Edwards so kind. You know what that is what I'm going to do! :)
Y Witter
01:07:12
@Natalie...GO GIRL!
Elizabeth Charles
01:07:21
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.
Alison Wolstenholme
01:08:17
I'm in East Lancashire and don't know of any segregated bike paths near me :(
Lucy Giuliano
01:08:26
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...
nicola Carass
01:08:45
100% Lucy
Y Witter
01:08:58
@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
Chantel Waring
01:09:22
The most annoying thing for me is cars parking in the cylae
Emma Green
01:09:31
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?
Chantel Waring
01:09:36
cycle lanes
Janet Kerr
01:10:04
Often temporary road works with traffic lights don’t cater for cyclists or allow enough time to get through.
Natalie Egan
01:11:05
My mum rides a trike! After years or struggling with two wheels she now loves going out for a ride.
Lindy Seymour
01:11:13
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!
Elizabeth Charles
01:11:37
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.
Mat Reaney
01:11:42
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
Allison Dufosee
01:12:11
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/
Y Witter
01:12:29
You have all "lifted" me up. What an "AWESOME" event.
Lindy Seymour
01:12:32
How do we get rid of the 'hate mindset' from drivers?
nicola Carass
01:12:33
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
Shgufta Anwar
01:13:27
@lucy they are sometimes not even cyclists!
Ray Craig
01:14:04
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
Emma Green
01:14:08
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!!
Elizabeth Charles
01:14:33
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,
Lindy Seymour
01:14:48
It definitely stops me going far from home!
Alison Wolstenholme
01:15:18
I think not being able to fix a tyre really could be a barrier for people who have no support network.
nicola Carass
01:16:08
Bike
Emma Green
01:16:10
I've recently started indexing my gears, it's suprisingly easy, just takes some time when you start but it's doable!
Joanna Soedring
01:16:14
For women's cycle clothing - VeloVixon https://www.velovixen.com/ is an online shop that specialises in this. I can recommend their padded pants!
Tina Starling
01:17:35
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.
Natalie Egan
01:17:41
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
01:17:42
Being able to fix minor problems def makes a difference to whether I venture on a longer ride on my own.
Y Witter
01:17:48
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
Natalie Egan
01:18:08
Always good to wave on a male rider that comes to help the damsel in distress :)
nicola Carass
01:18:37
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
Sandra Edwards
01:18:42
If your really worried that you are stuck with a mechanical is use ETA which is a bike recovery service
Alison Wolstenholme
01:18:58
@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!
Alison Wolstenholme
01:19:21
I heard about this through my workplace - University
Tina Starling
01:19:58
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.
Alison Wolstenholme
01:20:26
At my workplace, University we have a bike doctor coming in monthly to check staff bikes over FOC
Alison Wolstenholme
01:21:12
@Tina - that's fab! I always take my phone and would probably turn to YouTube!
Natalie Egan
01:21:38
@tina good for you! One Ride London I had three punctures :)
nicola Carass
01:21:48
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! 🌲
Debby Cobbett
01:22:08
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
Jo Baker
01:22:16
Thanks Nicola - I’m in the New Forest and would love to come along some time!
Eleanor van der Hoest
01:22:25
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.
Elizabeth Charles
01:22:43
Getting teenagers to keep cycling hopefully means they're less likely to want to get a car as soon as they're 17!
Natalie Egan
01:23:03
Its been sooo worth it
Debby Cobbett
01:23:07
plenty of teenagers around here showing off wheelies
Natalie Egan
01:24:27
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.
Natalie Egan
01:24:34
Brilliant
nicola Carass
01:24:45
Same Claire. We’re on that same journey! There 1 hundo needs to be both.
Natalie Egan
01:25:31
Makes sense Tierney
nicola Carass
01:26:48
I have to go, I’m sorry to miss the end! Many many thanks for this, can’t wait for the next!
Y Witter
01:27:15
Thanks for a wonderful event.
Alison Wolstenholme
01:27:49
Thanks everyone. Great event. Very interesting, very informative. Look forward to receiving any further info/slides
Carla Vardy
01:27:56
Fabulous event. So informative. Thank you!
Lindy Seymour
01:28:10
Thanks so much everybody.
Eleanor van der Hoest
01:28:14
Getting kids cycling early and experiencing it also if parents ride it becomes normal for the kids.
Natalie Egan
01:28:15
Such a great event. Thanks for running. Brilliant data, fab advice and ideas.
Allison Dufosee
01:28:27
Great event - thanks!
Lucy Giuliano
01:28:29
Thank you so much :)
Hollie Gaze
01:28:29
Thanks everyone - apologies for only texting to panelists. I always forget to change the chat sharing!