To provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for all women & their children to have a go at biking and walk away feeling they want to do more! To provide a range of stalls, activities and workshops that make biking easy and accessible.
• To provide a variety of bikes for women & children to try out for the 1st time
• To help the women understand how biking can enhance our quality of life:
o Family recreation & fun
o Active and healthy life
o Sustainability & addressing climate change
• To sign post women on where to bike and who with: organisations, woodlands, mountain bike centres, clubs etc
• De mystify the technical nature of bikes by providing:
o Knowledge on basic parts of a bike
o Knowledge on basic repairs of bike
What target group was your project aimed at?
Women and children cannot &/or who lack the confidence to ride a bike
Community organisations working with women
Particular emphasis to attract BME women, but not exclusive to BME women
Key reasons for participation
• A women’s only space where the women didn’t feel silly or out of place
• Always wanted to learn to ride a bike
• Never heard of or had an opportunity to do this kind of event
• Wanted a fun day out with other women
• Wanted to have a go!
• Want to be able to go out with my children and share their experience on a bike
• Help me get healthy
• Increase my confidence
• Help me enjoy the outdoors
All the women expressed a desire to get involved in further similar events for women, with some stating they knew a lot of women who were not here today but would attend should another event be held.
Consultations with existing communication groups and Forestry Commission Scotland.Back
The event took place for one day at Pollok Park, Glasgow which has mountain bike trails in their woodland space and suitable beginners area close be. It is easily accessible by public transport for those living within the central belt of Scotland. Support for transport was also available to those living outside of Glasgow.
The team at Pollok Park and Strathclyde Police Recreation Association were extremely supportive with hands-on support with the event.
We invited local bike clubs, organisations, retailers and individuals to provide a range of activities to encourage women to get involved and be comfortable around bikes. We had very positive responses from:
• Glasgow Bike Shed
• Common Wheel
• Go Active
• Bike Club
• Healthy & Happy Shake
• Strathclyde Police
We limited the number of stands due to available space and to ensure we focused on practical biking activity.
Women specific bikes were hired and delivered from RT Bikes & Fishing – Glengarnock
All stalls provided information on how to continue biking locally plus:
• 3 “learn to ride” stations running 1hr sessions every hour
• Go Active: Tandem for visually impaired
• Common Wheel Stand:
o How to choose a bike
o How to change a flat tyre
• Bike Club:
o Basic bike maintenance
o How to choose a bike
o Bike lessons
• Strathclyde Police:
o Activities offered
o Women’s support
o How to get involved in the community
• Forestry Commission Scotland
• Developing Mountain Biking Scotland
Our recruitment drive consisted of distributing an initial information leaflet and email to the Forestry Commission, Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland (DMBinS) and Backbone’s network of BME, Women’s and Biking organisations across the central belt of Scotland. These were followed up by telephone conversations by Backbone.
Community groups through our existing network, flyers to shops/clubs/ and bike Scotland
£3000, was received from Forestry Commission ScotlandBack
Prior to the day we had over 60 women interested in attending the day from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dundee, Perth and Aviemore. We had over 40 women/children attend the event from Edinburgh, Glasgow & Dundee. Unfortunately we lost some of our registration forms due to an unexpected storm where we lost some of our paperwork!
All the women lacked confidence in riding a bike, with at least 10 who had never ridden a bike. All the women felt that both their personal confidence and biking confidence had increased considerably after the day.
Statistics, follow up phone calls, photos etc
BME women’s level of enthusiasm!!