Female Cyclist, London. (copyright Simon MacMichael)JPG
British Cycling has this morning unveiled plans to get a further 1 million women cycling by 2020. The initiative has the backing of Sky as well as the Department for Media, Culture and Sport (DCMS), and looks to build on the success of British Cycling’s existing Breeze programme.
The governing body says that it will continue campaigning for safer roads, with perceived danger a major barrier to cycling for many women, and also aims to make it easier for women to take up cycling as a sport.
“At British Cycling, in partnership with Sky and Sport England, we have never been scared of a challenge, nor of setting ambitious targets,” said its president Brian Cookson.
“Whether it is winning eight gold medals at a home Olympics four years after the triumphs of Beijing, producing the first British winner of the Tour de France or getting a million people cycling, when we set ourselves goals, we set about them with seriousness and purpose.
“We are not saying we are going to be perfect, far less that we are perfect now. The direction of travel is important: our ultimate aim is to inspire 1 million more women to get on bikes and we are determined to make this happen.”
That goal of getting 1 million more women into the saddle will be measured using British Cycling and Sky’s Annual Cycling Survey, rather than Sport England’s Active People survey, which only measures recreational cycling in England.
As a result, the criteria of who actually is a cyclist are quite strictly defined – it certainly isn’t someone who has bought a bike, ridden it once or twice, then leftit unused in the garage or garden shed:
According to British Cycling, the ‘new’ cyclist will:
· be a regular (once a month) or frequent (once a week) cyclist
· be cycling more now than last year and
· have been influenced by British Cycling programmes to cycle more.
British Cycling is implementing a number of measures to support the campaign, including:
Building on the success of traffic free, mass participation events, Sky Ride, and British Cycling’s female led rides, Breeze, to encourage more women to take up recreation cycling with other women, their partners, families and friends
Continuing to campaign for safer roads for all cyclists to help overcome the safety concerns that 30% of women identify as the main barrier to taking up cycling
Setting up entry-level racing opportunities for women to compete at key facilities across the country, including establishing ‘get into cycle sport’ coaching sessions
Working to influence more event organisers to put on women’s events to run alongside men’s races
Establishing a National Youth Form with equal male and female representation to feed into British Cycling’s work to inspire young people to take up the sport
Recruiting more female coaches, volunteers and officials into the sport to ensure more women are influencing and running the sport at the grassroots
Working to ensure that British Cycling’s board is more representative with plans to recruit three Board members as soon as possible
Embedding our strategy in all of British Cycling’s work and outputs including ensuring that our website, membership offer and branding is appealing to women
Looking at how we can better promote our free expert advice, cycling routes and Social Cycling Groups network to demonstrate how easy it is to get involved.
The strategy was unveiled this morning at the DCMS’s offices in London, with Culture Secretary Maria Miller commenting: “Cycling in Britain is in great shape after a fantastic London 2012, and it is fantastic that the sport wants to go further and get more women on their bikes.
“The likes of Becky James and Jess Varnish will inspire many other young women, and British Cycling’s plan shows that it is a sport that women can embrace at every level.”
Both James and Varnish were at the launch, with the former, winner of two gold medals at the UCI Track World Championships in Minsk last month, saying:
“Knowing that my success can inspire other young women to get into cycling makes me feel really good.
“The performances of our female riders at Beijing and in London have already made a difference, now we just need to see more women doing everyday cycling and enjoying our amazing sport for all that it has to offer.”
Varnish, a former team sprint world champion but who missed out on a medal at London 2012 after she and Victoria Pendleton were relegated following an illegal handover, added: “If we can realise this ambition it will go a long way to refreshing cycling’s image so it is not seen as a sport only for men in lycra.
“The best thing about cycling is that anyone can do it, and in whatever form they like. I’m looking forward to seeing more women riding bikes and, most importantly, enjoying every moment.”
British Cycling also gave a snapshot of how the numbers stack up at the moment according to its Annual Cycling Survey, conducted by research firm GfK NOP among a robust sample size of 10,000 people:
525,000 women in England currently cycle at least once a week and in the last 12 months alone there has been a 63,000 increase in the number of women cycling regularly
Just under 1.2 million women in England cycle at least once a month
Since 2009, Sky and British Cycling’s programmes have influenced 430,000 more women to cycle regularly. By 2020, we want this figure to be at least one million more
21,000 women have participated in Breeze – our initiative that offers female led rides for women – since it was set up in June 2011
160,000 young women have participated in grassroots cycling through our Go Ride – youth development – programme since 2009
13,900 women are currently members of cycling clubs across England, Scotland and Wales
Over 5,000 women are currently signed up to British Cycling’s Social Cycling Groups network and over 4,000 have organised rides
10,000 women are currently members of British Cycling. Our aim is to get this up to 26,000 by 2016.
Tricia Thompson, Director of Cycling at Sky, also at today’s launch, said: “Our Sky Ride programme and support of GB cyclists has already inspired many people back into the saddle and we will continue to support British Cycling in their work to get more females on bikes.
“We have a real opportunity to inspire more women about cycling and to get on their bikes in run up to the 2016 Olympics.“
ometimes “long term parking” is another way of saying “your bike got jacked” – not this time though, this is a much better deal. It’s a bike rack concept, but better than that, it’s a long term bike rack, including safe storage, WC, showers, and lounge. This is precisely what a city like Minneapolis is starving for.
I currently live in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and I can say without hesitation that this is a bike town. It’s a big city, one of two within miles of eachother, (we’re called the “Twin Cities,” perhaps you’ve heard of us,) full of bikes. Having stations like this instead of congested rails alongside coffee shops stunk up with the sweat of long-run armpits, well, that’d be great!
Especially between outlying areas and the big city center.
Read below for a little bit more info and ask questions! The designer of this project, Yinnon Lehrer, is watching, and I bet answers would be given upon request.
Designer: Yinnon Lehrer
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8 FAVORITE BICYCLE-FRIENDLY CAFES AND BARS
So you’re a hearty bicyclist, undaunted, even invigorated, by cold weather. You’re not alone. For many New Yorkers, the joys of cycling — keeping fit, saving money and sailing past traffic jams – are an all-season proposition.
Editor’s note: I originally produced this post for OffMetro.com. Check out this green lifestyle site for car-free travel and getaway inspiration!
Whether you’re stepping off on a weekday morning commute in Manhattan, looping around Prospect Park or cruising through Astoria on a relaxed weekend afternoon, there are bicycle friendly businesses where you can unstrap your helmet, peel off your gloves and wrap your palms around a warming coffee or a quenching brew. (Go ahead, you’ve earned a carbo indulgence!)
The following is a sampling of cafes and bars that welcome and appreciate the ever-growing population that chooses two wheels for travel and recreation:
911 Columbus Avenue, Manhattan
It turns out that bacon is a baker’s new besty. Pork-infused favorites here include bacon chocolate chip cookies and bacon pecan pie, as well as sandwiches with familiar names like the Wilbur and the Miss Piggy, plus bacon macaroni on Saturday nights.
“You only go around once,” says co-owner Wesley Klein of the ever-expanding menu of salty-sweet treats. “So why not enjoy something fun and unique?”
Situated just north of the Columbus Avenue protected bike lane and within temptingly easy reach of the Central Park Loop, the café has nabbed the attention of the road cycling community through its sponsorship of the Asphalt Green Women’s Cycling Team. Ample seating is offered and cyclists can bring their rides inside in cold weather.
Brooklyn Roasting Company
25 Jay Street, Brooklyn
Just a block from the East River in DUMBO, Brooklyn Roasting Company, a supporter of local cycling advocacy, offers Fair Trade, Rainforest Alliance and organic certified and sustainable coffees, which it roasts in small batches for packaging and café service. Choose from a full range of coffee beverages (limited-release Ka’u Hawaiian recently was in the spotlight) plus donuts from Dough, sandwiches from Margo Patisserie of Williamsburg and other Brooklyn-made treats. It’s an idea place to pause on a visit to nearby Recycle-A-Bicycle or the new Red Beard Bikes. Check out the BRC-logo bicycle caps, too.
114 East 29th Street
The more casual little brother of the Belgian boite Resto next door, The Cannibal is a cozy cafe during the day and a lively watering hole after dark, with charcuterie, cheeses and small plates, plus 450 beers on the menu. It’s named for Belgian cycling legend and five-time Tour de France champion Eddie Merckx, who was known as “The Cannibal.”
Richard Bravo, a New York-based journalist and a member of the Rapha Continental Cycling Team, says the bar has developed a reputation within the NYC cycling community and beyond. Regulars gather to watch televised bike races, and related events, including Lance Armstrong’s confessional about doping to Oprah Winfrey.
“Not only do you regularly run across local racers there, but I’ve seen [British pro cyclist]Roger Hammond and even Patrick Dempsey hanging out,” says Bravo.
The City Bakery
3 West 18th Street, Manhattan
It doesn’t get any more bike friendly than City Bakery. CEO Maury Rubin, known for his long-standing eco-friendly business ethos, uses cargo and regular bikes to transport goods between City Bakery and his Birdbath Neighborhood Green Bakeries.
“Cycling crystalizes that vision of green,” Rubin says. “Everything about it is good.”
Cyclists get 15 percent off on their purchases, which is a good thing to know right now as the 21st Annual Hot Chocolate Festival offers a different flavor every day for the month of February. Think spicy caramel and dark rum cinnamon — pillowy handmade marshmallow optional, but recommended. Pair these with toothsome baked goods, like the signature pretzel croissant, or a wide array freshly prepared foods to eat in or take out.
154 Prospect Park Southwest, Brooklyn
With its fireplace, this combination bike shop and café offers a welcoming respite from winter’s chill for fitness enthusiasts who work out across the street in Prospect Park, moms with kids and pausing for a healthy snack and other Windsor Terrace neighbors and visitors. “It’s become a meeting place for friends,” says owner Deborah Capone, who along with Nicole Bilu, opened this family-friendly business last October.
Order up a steaming Stumptown espresso or replenish with fresh, seasonal juices and a pastry. Then browse city bicycles and accessories, rent a bike (baby and child seats available) or get your steed repaired in the service shop. During the warmer months, there’s a deck and garden out back.
Red Lantern Bicycles
345 Myrtle Avenue, Brooklyn
This laid-back café and bike shop, with its exposed brick, red-painted walls and cycling memorabilia, offers coffee, pastries and fresh nut milks by day, and beer and wine in the evening from a counter up front. Bicycle sales and service are located at the back. Specialists in bikes for commuting and cargo hauling, Red Lantern is the departure point for morning BikeTrain group rides into Mahnattan. The shop also, teaches maintenance and repair classes and hosts cycling and other community events, all presided over by owner Brian Gluck and the shop cat Landshark.
Bunbury’s Coffee Shop
460 Piermont Avenue
Situated in the heart of the picturesque Hudson River town of Piermont, Bunbury’s is a popular stop for road cyclists who stream cross the George Washington Bridge on weekends for points north along Route 9W. It’s not unusual to see the bike racks filled to overflowing with high-end, carbon-fiber hardware on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Inside, the Spandex clad and local regulars savor their caffeine fixes (including the house Dog’s Bollix blend), teas and freshly made pastries and wraps. Lance Armstrong (see The Cannibal above) famously stopped by in 2009 to snack on a cinnamon scone.
The Queens Kickshaw (top photo)
40-17 Broadway, Queens
This bustling Astoria enclave serves up specialty coffees, fancy grilled cheese sandwiches (Manchego and ricotta with minted eggplant and capers on multigrain bread) and an impressive list of craft ales, cider and wine in an airy setting with rustic touches. On Friday nights, there’s live music, as well. Noting that many of their customers, as well as employees, arrive by bicycle, owners Ben Sandler and Jennifer Lim have applied to the City for a bike corral, which replaces a single automobile parking space with a cluster of bicycle parking.
The best winter cycling jackets
With these features in mind, here’s a selection of excellent winter cycling jackets.
DHB EQ 2.5
Offering excellent value for money as always, the DHB EQ 2.5 is a well ventilated and great looking jacket for winter cyclists. The jacket is fully waterproof. The seams are taped and the zip is waterproof. The mesh inner liner helps keep you cool even when you are speeding along. It features a high collar, which is perfect for keeping the rain at bay. The cuffs are easily adjustable so you can have them at tight as you wish.
For your bits and bobs, there’s a zipped rear pocket. There’s also chest pockets that will come in very useful.
The fit here is described as “medium” which is a good cross between strong performance and comfortable fit.
You get a whole lot of jacket here, and it’s easy to see why this jacket has such a high rating on Wiggle.
£62.99 exclusively from Wiggle – in both Men’s and Ladies.
Mavic 2013 HC H20 Jacket
The Mavic 2013 HC H20 Jacket deserves a place in our winter cycling jacket roundup for its great combination of waterproofing and breathability. It has a 10,000mm water column rain rating which is superb for most rides. This is achieved through a fully seamed design. It’s an incredibly comfortable jacket to wear, thanks to its excellent fitting. There’s a large vent for allowing great ventilation in case you are getting warm.
For those who enjoy having a hood for maximum rain protection, The DHB Sync winter cycling jacket is an excellent choice. We reviewed this jacket recently on London Cyclistand were thoroughly impressed. Even during the most prolonged downfalls of rain, you’ll still be kept dry. The jacket features the classic longer cut at the back, which keeps your bum dry. The adjustable elastic cord waist is a nice addition, for those cyclists who always feel their jacket is riding up their back. The jacket has two zipped front pockets as well as a chest pocket. All of which come in useful for quick access to your phone, wallet and keys. The minimum branding and bright colours, mean that this jacket can easily be worn off the bike too. Whilst breathability isn’t as good as perhaps I would have liked, the two huge zips beneath the arm certainly help.
£71.99 exclusively from Wiggle – available in Male and Female.
Vulpine Cotton Rain Jacket
Any jacket made of a material called “Epic Cotton” is worthy of a second glance. Fortunately, in this case, it isn’t just a marketing gimmick. The jacket combines waterproofing with breathability in a way rarely achieved by cycling jackets. The reviews of this jacket have been glowing and if it’s good enough for Jon Snow to wear then it’s certainly good enough for me!
A clever little feature of this jacket is the splash guard that unfolds from the back. This helps prevent any splashing at the back of your trousers. This includes reflective material.
Weight: 39.8 pounds
By Seb Kemp
The Scott Gambler 10 is slack. Too slack, perhaps, for some riders. When you are talking about the ability to adjust the head angle from 63 to 62 degrees, you know you’re in Slackland. To not just enjoy, but to actually handle a bike like this, you have to commit to such geometry. Less experienced riders might struggle with such angles, but then again, the Gambler wasn’t really designed for inexperienced riders.
The Gambler had a playful nature, popped off lips well and simply frolicked in the roughest parts of the trail. The bottom-bracket height is adjustable from 13.6 inches to 14 inches, which in combination with the low center of gravity and short rear end gave it a fun feel. The remarkably stiff frame and tight rear end make it possible to commit to the terrain and get more traction.
Our testers loved the bike’s adjustability and the linkage’s all-bump sensitivity. Some of our testers felt that it was only once you got up to speed on ‘big-boy’ terrain that you could fully realize the Scott Gambler’s true character, but I found it to be an immensely playful and fun bike long before you reached higher speeds. Its strength, stiffness and character would make it as much a park bike as a racing monster.
The Gambler 10 comes shod with the Shimano Zee groupset, which performed so well it left us questioning the benefits of the more expensive Saint group. The Scott also came with appropriately wide Funn bars, and testers found the Fox 40 to be a perfect fit for the bike.
At just under 40 pounds, the bike felt heavy in our hands by modern DH race-bike standards, but seemed much lighter underfoot.
Though the Scott Gambler wasn’t every tester’s favorite bike in the gravity category, some of us absolutely loved it. It’s a big bike designed for red-blooded, white-knuckle action and smiles—provided, of course, that you’re ready and able to push the envelope
Want to know more about the Scott Gambler 10? For more info, go to www.scott-sports.com