Women cyclists get call to lead ride-outs in Southampton

Daily Echo: Cycling instructor Dilys Gartside has welcomed the move. Cycling instructor Dilys Gartside has welcomed the move.

A COURSE is being held to train leaders for women-only bike rides in a bid to get more ladies back on their saddles in Southampton.

The aim is to train up enough women who will then be able to organise and lead cycle groups around the city.

The training is being offered by British Cycling and My Journey Southampton who are on the hunt for new local Breeze champions in Southampton to take part in free training sessions.

Volunteers will be trained on the one-day ride leadership course on March 15 where there will also be a chance to meet other Breeze champions.

The certificate qualifies them to independently plan, deliver and promote rides to groups of women. In addition to free training, a Breeze kit, British Cycling Ride membership and support is provided.

The move has been backed by cycling instructor Dilys Gartside, pictured, who, as a Breeze champion herself, welcomed the scheme.

She said that a barrier for most women in taking up cycling was the perceived risk factor so to have instructors leading them on a safe route in an organised group would be more appealing to many women. She said: “With more of these ride leaders trained up it will encourage more women to get out cycling. To have the option of going out on these taster sessions in the company of other women with whom you can chat and network would be a big incentive.

“Cycling isn’t just for lycra-clad 20-year-olds, it is something that can be enjoyed by everyone. But women sometimes need an extra incentive to try something new particularly that they may have pre-conceived ideas about being risky.”

Natalie Justice, Women’s Network project manager for British Cycling, said: “We know thousands of women would like the opportunity to get out on their bikes, with like-minded people, socialise and make new friends. Breeze gives them the chance to do just that on their doorstep.”

Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet member for Environment and Transport, said: “Thanks to the valuable ongoing partnership between the council, the My Journey team and British Cycling we are able to provide such a fantastic opportunity to all women in Southampton.

“I would like to encourage all ladies who feel comfortable on their bikes and are enthusiastic about helping other women get more active to take part in this course.”

Log on to breezebikerides.com.

More information about other training courses and cycling opportunities are available at myjourneysouthampton.com/cycle.

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1:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

**Deep breath before the usual suspects show up to slate the very idea of such a scheme**
**Deep breath before the usual suspects show up to slate the very idea of such a scheme** camerajuan
  • Score: -3

6:31pm Mon 10 Feb 14

For pity sake says...

If women cyclists are as bad as women drivers, I think we should start a campaign to ban them, not encourage them.
If women cyclists are as bad as women drivers, I think we should start a campaign to ban them, not encourage them. For pity sake
  • Score: 0

8:07pm Mon 10 Feb 14

geoff51 says...

Is'nt that against the sex discrimination act?
Is'nt that against the sex discrimination act? geoff51
  • Score: 4

8:28pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Richard 51 says...

geoff51 wrote:
Is'nt that against the sex discrimination act?
yes
[quote][p][bold]geoff51[/bold] wrote: Is'nt that against the sex discrimination act?[/p][/quote]yes Richard 51
  • Score: 5

8:50pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Mary80 says...

For pity sake wrote:
If women cyclists are as bad as women drivers, I think we should start a campaign to ban them, not encourage them.
I hope you are being sarcastic because men are 50% as bad
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: If women cyclists are as bad as women drivers, I think we should start a campaign to ban them, not encourage them.[/p][/quote]I hope you are being sarcastic because men are 50% as bad Mary80
  • Score: -1

10:15pm Mon 10 Feb 14

wwozzer says...

Mary80 wrote:
For pity sake wrote:
If women cyclists are as bad as women drivers, I think we should start a campaign to ban them, not encourage them.
I hope you are being sarcastic because men are 50% as bad
Typical woman, knows everything, scared of cycling.
[quote][p][bold]Mary80[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: If women cyclists are as bad as women drivers, I think we should start a campaign to ban them, not encourage them.[/p][/quote]I hope you are being sarcastic because men are 50% as bad[/p][/quote]Typical woman, knows everything, scared of cycling. wwozzer
  • Score: 0

10:27pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Inform Al says...

camerajuan wrote:
**Deep breath before the usual suspects show up to slate the very idea of such a scheme**
Can't see why anyone should slate what appears to be a perfectly good scheme. Its when you support the dangerous practice of riding on footpaths that your silly brigade tends to get slated.
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: **Deep breath before the usual suspects show up to slate the very idea of such a scheme**[/p][/quote]Can't see why anyone should slate what appears to be a perfectly good scheme. Its when you support the dangerous practice of riding on footpaths that your silly brigade tends to get slated. Inform Al
  • Score: -1

9:39am Tue 11 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Inform Al wrote:
camerajuan wrote:
**Deep breath before the usual suspects show up to slate the very idea of such a scheme**
Can't see why anyone should slate what appears to be a perfectly good scheme. Its when you support the dangerous practice of riding on footpaths that your silly brigade tends to get slated.
Don't support it, just of the ideology that knocking someone off deliberately for doing so is militant and assault in itself. You don't enforce the rules.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: **Deep breath before the usual suspects show up to slate the very idea of such a scheme**[/p][/quote]Can't see why anyone should slate what appears to be a perfectly good scheme. Its when you support the dangerous practice of riding on footpaths that your silly brigade tends to get slated.[/p][/quote]Don't support it, just of the ideology that knocking someone off deliberately for doing so is militant and assault in itself. You don't enforce the rules. camerajuan
  • Score: 0

11:18pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Richard of Wantage says...

Unbelievable there is a subject which the anti-comment trolls are prepared to trash more than cycling, women! It just proves my theory the anti-comment trolls are just sad lonely losers, who still live with their parents, play computer games all day and their only friends are on blogs.
Unbelievable there is a subject which the anti-comment trolls are prepared to trash more than cycling, women! It just proves my theory the anti-comment trolls are just sad lonely losers, who still live with their parents, play computer games all day and their only friends are on blogs. Richard of Wantage
  • Score: 0

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