“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 wanted 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 and support for girls & women who want to cycle
On Wednesday 26th February we organised a female only cycling event with talks from four wonderful speakers Kate Ball, Cath Rodkoff, Tracey Fletcher and Joss Winter followed by facilitated discussion groups on the topics of cycling with children, confidence, practical tips and commuting. Nearly 40 girls and women attended and we hope it provided inspiration, advice and support on all things cycling.
As part of the offical International Women’s Day celebration organised by Women’s Day Derby, on Saturday 7th March we organised four led rides from locations across Derby to encourage girls and women to cycle in and join the rally and afternoon event.
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.
This was 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 worked on.
Lucy is the Local Project Manager for Love to Ride in Derby and co-founder of WiLD. She came up with this idea after the male dominated Cycle September statistics and lack of female engagement with DCG. She oversaw and managed the campaign.
Cathy is the only lady who regularly attends DCG meetings and is also passionate about getting more girls & women cycling. She takes part in Breeze rides and supported with the ‘why we cycle’ profiles.
Joss currently works for Sustrans in Derby and Nottingham to get more local businesses and organisations on board with cycling. She used her knowledge of cycling in the city to help with organising our event.
A recently signed up Sustrans volunteer, Adele was on hand to help out with the marketing side of the campaign and also helped with the ‘why we cycle’ profiles.
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 led on our plans for a led ride for IWD.
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 supported James with organising the IWD led ride.
Hardy is another advocate of female cyclists and is also a dab hand at photography and filmmaking. He was on hand to help with overall campaign strategy and any technical requirements we had.
A Breeze champion, Christine regularly organises and leads female only rides across the city. She used her expertise to support with organising the IWD led ride..