Cycling UK has released figures showing that more women have taken up cycling during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 31% of women surveyed switching from a car to a cycle for everyday journeys, and those who cycled regularly reported improvements to their wellbeing.

The charity’s Women’s Festival of Cycling, delivered by Cycling UK and sponsored by Raleigh, began on 17th July and is aimed at encouraging more women to cycle. Although the number of women cycling increased during lockdown, men are still cycling nearly twice as much as women.

The festival is taking place between 17th July and 1st August and features a range of virtual events, social media challenges, local group rides and a celebration of 100 Women in Cycling.

The ‘100 Women in Cycling’ roll call is a chance to recognise and appreciate women who work to inspire, teach, and encourage others to cycle. Many of the women featured on the list this year have gone above and beyond to continue supporting women to cycle during lockdown – such as Syeda Akther, who only started cycling regularly in February 2020 and has gone on to become a ride leader supporting Muslim women.

For the full article and how to get involved with the Women’s Festival of Cycling follow these links:-

Cycling UK research shows rise in women cycling during lockdown | Community | BikeBiz

Women’s Festival of Cycling | Cycling UK

 

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