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Can we double women's share of bike journeys? Conference aims to find out how

UK's 27% of bike commutes made by women overshadowed by 52% in the Netherlands - but why?...

A Women and Cycling conference is to be held in York next month, exploring the reasons why only 27 per cent of cycle commutes in the UK are made by women.

The event, being held on April 30th, will ask transport planners, academics, campaigners, teachers and retailers to explore the problems holding back this country from achieving the 52 per cent of cycle journeys women in the Netherlands make.

The speakers include academic Rachel Aldred, Islabike's Isla Rowntree, Trek's PR manager Chris Garrisson and executive editor of BikeBiz Carlton Reid.

The will focus on addressing the perceived barriers and obstacles to cycling in Britain, and will feature presentations, roundtable workshops and discussion about the current projects, campaigns and research.

The conference will explore the latest research  on the impact of issues such as bike maintenance, safety, cycle training, confidence, community, culture.

Delegates will also be able to develop a network of women working across all areas of cycling.

Other speakers include Kerston England, Chief Executive, City of York Council; Janet Atherton, Director of Public Health, Sefton Council & President Association of Directors of Public Health; Judith Rasmussen, Regional Strategic Lead, Sport England; Sarah Burr, Senior Planner, TfL; Heather Irvine, editor  of Total Women Cycling, and Sally Hinchcliff, of GB Cycling Embassy.

To find out more about the conference click here.

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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