Catch up: Women's Festival of Cycling Webinar Series

Listen to experts discuss how we can get more women cycling
Women cycling to work
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Catch up: Women's Festival of Cycling Webinar Series

The Women's Festival of Cycling ran for the fourth year this July with the aim of getting more women cycling regularly. As the world turned digital following the outbreak of Covid-19 we developed a webinar series to address, discuss and seek the solutions to enable more women to cycle. Cycling UK's Lucy Watherston explains how if you missed the webinars you can catch up or watch them again.

The Women's Festival of Cycling events were very popular, each featured a panel of experts who provided insight and examples, highlighting what we all need to do and to develop to get more women cycling.

It's safe to cycle - positive perceptions to increase women's cycling webinar

This webinar, with a focus on Northern Ireland, explored how we can help reduce the perceived fear of cycling on the roads, and what support women need to make more journeys by bike. By deconstructing negative perceptions of cycling safety, talking about confidence building for cycling on the road, and discussing actions we can take in our communities, we can all enable more women to cycle on the roads and realise wider economic benefits

Expert speakers include:

Caroline Bloomfield, CEO, Sustrans Northern Ireland    
Claire McLernon, Project Officer, Outdoor Recreation Northern Ireland
Claire Mulvenna, Cycling and Walking Unit, Department for Infrastructure
Joshua Murray, Engagement Officer Northern Ireland, Cycling UK


Increasing diversity in cycling communities 

Cycling UK is committed to making cycling inclusive for everyone, particularly those who are currently under represented. 

This webinar looks at how we seize the moment to enable us to reach out to as wide an audience as possible and encourage more women from all backgrounds to discover the joys and benefits of riding a bike.

The expert panel explores how we can all work to ensure cycling is inclusive and diverse, including insights on how to reach all communities and the value of building inclusive local cycling networks, which can encourage women of all backgrounds to access cycling.

Expert speakers include:

Lorraine Dixon - Joyful Bellas and Fellas CCC 
Bex Davenport - Pride Out 
Samra Said  - Cycle Sisters
Ruth Magennis - Cycling UK

Exploring the cycling solutions for women

Cycling numbers in Scotland have grown significantly during lock down. 

This year’s Women’s Festival of Cycling took place at a time when more women were giving cycling a go, bike sales are up, and Governments across the UK are telling everyone to cycle to work.  

This session explored how to seize this moment and keep women new to cycling on their bikes, as well as enabling others to take the next step. 

The expert panel explored cycling solutions to enable more women to cycle, and help for those already on bikes to keep cycling as a part of their everyday life. 

Expert speakers include:

Aneela McKenna  -  Scottish Parliament Diversity Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager, Go Where Scotland Founder 
Lilith Cooper - Gears for Queers Authors
Shona Black - Cycling UK


Tell us what you thought of our webinar series 

We'd love to hear from you!

We're always looking to improve what we do and we'd love to know if you have any feedback or insights to share on any of our webinars. Please email with your comments.

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Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19