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

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University of Derby - Enterprise Centre

67 Bridge Street

Derby

DE1 3LJ

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

About this Event

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%.

Studies have shown that more girls and women want to cycle but face gender specific barriers. We want to change this and support, encourage and empower more girls and women to cycle in 2020, and beyond.

Love to Ride Derby are leading on this campaign, in collaboration with Derby Cycling Group, Breeze and Sustrans to create a series featuring 20 female cyclists across the city and this event which will culminate in a led ride for International Women’s Day 2020 on Saturday 7th March.

You can find out more about the campaign via this link.

Format

We will be starting the evening with brief talks from each of our 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. 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. Tickets are free to make it as accessible as possible.

About the speakers

We will be joined by four lovely ladies covering the topics of cycling with family, confidence when riding, practical tips and commuting & route planning:

Kate Ball

Kate describes herself as an enthusiastic but very much flawed environmentalist! She has been trying to do as much good to the planet as possible since a gift of an environmental book at the age of 8- though with variable success. She likes cycling, gardening, cooking and music as well as upcycling items- anything from clothes to scaffold boards to whole houses...

She lives in Derby in an EnerPHit certified Passivhaus retrofit with her husband and 4 children, two of whom have special needs- and they're all enthusiastic cyclists!

Cath Rodkoff

Cath returned to riding a bike after 25 years in her late 40s and has since become a passionate advocate for women's cycling in the East Midlands. She founded Nottingham Girls Cycle in 2015, currently has 3 volunteer roles with British Cycling and specialises in leading women only bike rides for beginners and returners to the sport.

Tracey Fletcher

Tracey is a mother of two, wife and a cycle enthusiast! She started her cycling journey after having her second child. It has given her confidence, long lasting friendship and a career change. She won’t lie that it was tough being a female cyclist 25 years ago but it was the challenge that kept her going back for more, that determination has since given her the most pleasure from this sport. What is even more rewarding is to see how many girls, ladies are now riding bikes and competing at all ages, she is so proud of where we are now.

Joss Winter

Joss is an Engagement Officer for Sustrans and works with businesses across Derby and Nottingham to encourage and support staff members in making active commutes. She runs Personlised Travel Planning events at workplaces to help people switch to active travel through route planning and looking different options for getting to work. She will be talking about how to plan routes in the city and options for your commute.

Last but not least the important things; parking & food!

The event will be taking place in Room 116 at the centre on the first floor. Light refreshments will be kindly provided by Love to Ride Derby and Derby Cycling Group, although due to budget limitations there will be no hot drinks but please do feel free to bring your own. There is limited cycle parking available at the venue (there is also car parking but we encourage you to try to cycle, walk or use public transport where possible given the short distance from the city centre & the impending climate crisis).

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