International Women’s Day 2020

In September 2019, out of 425 recorded cyclists only 94 were female.

According to Love to Ride’s 2019 Cycle September report, in Derby just 22% of participants were female compared to a national average of 50%. Our own committee currently has no female representation. 

Studies have shown that more girls and women want to cycle but face gender specific barriers. A small group of us at DCG want to change this and support, encourage and empower more girls and women to cycle and get involved with DCG in 2020, and beyond.

Love to Ride Derby are leading on this project, in collaboration with DCG, Breeze and Sustrans to create a series featuring 20 female cyclists across the city and a female only event in February, culminating in a led ride for International Women’s Day 2020. 

Please note: We use the terms ‘girls’, ‘woman’ and ‘women’ throughout but we of course welcome anyone who identifies as a girl or woman to be involved. 

“I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than any one thing in the world. I rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a bike. It gives her a feeling of self-reliance and independence the moment she takes her seat; and away she goes, the picture of untrammelled womanhood.”
The American civil rights leader, Susan B Anthony, 1896

Why We Cycle | Girls & Women

Despite a significant gender divide, we want to show you that there are many incredible girls and women cycling in Derby. From beginners to pros, girls to grandmothers and jumpers to lycra we’ve been chatting all things cycling with 20 girls and women for IWD 2020. 

Find out more about their cycling experiences.

Inspiration, advice & support for girls and women who want to cycle

On Wednesday 26th February from 7-9pm at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre we’ve organised an evening of brief talks from four wonderful speakers followed by a short break and finishing with facilitated discussion groups.

Whether you’re a regular commuter or you’re yet to start cycling, you will have the opportunity to learn, contribute and chat to like-minded girls and women about all things cycling related.

We have made the decision to run this as a female only event to create a safe and supported space and environment and tickets are free to make it as accessible as possible. 

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Led Rides | Saturday 7th March

As part of the offical International Women’s Day celebration organised by Women’s Day Derby, we’ve organised five led rides from locations across Derby to encourage girls and women to cycle in and join the rally. The rally is starting from the QUAD at 10.45am via an accessible route through the city centre.

You can take part or have a break and there will be return rides leaving at 12noon. There are events happening all afternoon organised by Women’s Day Derby at the QUAD including speakers, music and much more. You can find out more and buy tickets here.


This is a social ride leaving from Earlswood Drive (outside Murray Park Community School) cycling through Mackworth park and along a mainly quiet route into Derby to get to QUAD. The ride is open to anyone, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult (one adult per child). The route includes several sections on roads, but tries to avoid busy roads and is suitable for any bike. 

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This is a Breeze women only ride from ASDA Spondon. The majority of the route is traffic free. We will cross one side road, a major road using a traffic light controlled crossing, and have a short ride down a quiet side street. We will also ride exit the Riverside path to ride over Exeter Bridge in Derby City Centre to get to the Market Square. All of the route is tarmac so should be fine for both road bikes and hybrids.

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This is a Breeze women only ride which is mostly flat and traffic free. We will be heading from the Bonnie Prince to the canal path – a traffic free cycle route which follows the old canal and will take us right into the town centre. It is surfaced so is suitable for any bike.

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This is a Breeze women only ride which starts from the car park at Spring Lakes by the big red bus. The ride goes along roads and some cycle paths to Derby.
We’ll stop for a quick cuppa and head back to Spring Lakes for some more IWD fun with Her Spirit.
Average pace 10 – 12mph. 

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Amber Valley

This is a Breeze women only ride starting from Denby Pottery Visitor Centre. We will have time for refreshments and a chat before riding back. Aiming to be back at Denby for around 1pm. The route is on bike paths and roads with and without painted bike lanes. Flattish on the way out with the possibility of a few hills (if we want) on the return journey.

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Useful Information

The cycling world may still be male dominated but there are some excellent female specific resources out there to help you not only get on your bike, but stay on it. We also have a section full of general links too.


A HSBC supported initiaitve, Breeze offer fun, free bike rides for women of all abilities across the UK. Simply enter your postcode on their site to find your nearest one. They also have a handy Facebook page to link with other female cyclists and have a chat. 


Having started out due to a lack of female specific cycling gear and kit, they now offer a range of hand-selected products that allow women to feel comfortable on their bikes, look stylish and sophisticated and get more out of their cycling. 

Cycle Derby

A not-for-profit Derby City Council support organisation, they want more people of any age or ability to become more active, healthy and have fun on a bike. They run training in schools and also bespoke adult cycle training. 

Love to Ride

They aim to get more people cycling using their online platform, local promotion and peer support. With a year round programme of challenges and lots of prizes up for grabs, they achieve sustainable behaviour change across the UK. 

Our Team

This is a collaborative campaign between Love to Ride, DCG, Breeze and Sustrans so here we all are in case you’d like to find out more about what we do and get in touch.

Lucy Giuliano

Lucy is the Local Project Manager for Love to Ride in Derby and came up with this idea after the male dominated Cycle September statistics and lack of female engagement with DCG. She oversees the campaign with a specific focus on the ‘why we cycle’ profiles. 

Cathy Tester

Cathy is the other lovely lady who regularly attends DCG meetings and is also passionate about getting more girls & women cycling. She takes part in Breeze rides and is supporting with the ‘why we cycle’ profiles. 

Joss Winter

Joss currently works for Sustrans in Derby and Nottingham to get more local businesses and organisations on board with cycling. She will be using her knowledge of cycling in the city to help with organising our upcoming event.

Adele Hough

A recently signed up Sustrans volunteer, Adele is on hand to help out with the marketing side of the campaign and is also helping with the ‘why we cycle’ profiles.

James Thatcher

James is part of DCG and is the lead Sustrans volunteer for the city. He has organised many monthly social rides to encourage new cyclists and will be leading on our plans for a led ride for IWD. 

Ken Timmis

A DCG committee member, Ken is a keen advocate to get more girls & women to cycle having written articles on the subject. Also a Sustrans volunteer, he will be supporting James with organising the IWD led ride. 

Hardy Saleh

Hardy is another advocate of female cyclists and is also a dab hand at photography and filmmaking. He is on hand to help with overall campaign strategy and any technical requirements we have.

Christine Selden

A Breeze champion, Christine regularly organises and leads female only rides across the city. She will be using her expertise to support with organising the IWD led ride.

Know a female cyclist or keen to help diversify our membership?