Women will be able to explore the surroundings of Gunnersbury Park, and Southall Park in a series of free guided bike rides beginning in July.
The rides take place every Saturday for five weeks at Gunnersbury Park from 4 July to 1 August and on Sundays at Southall Park from 2 to 30 August.
The Southall Women’s Cycling Club (SWCC) sessions run by Cycle Training UK (CTUK) were set up by Ealing Council using Transport for London (TfL) funding.
The creation of the SWCC was in response to the high demand from women in Southall wanting female only riding sessions. In the spring of 2012 guided rides were trialled in Southall and proved to be a success, which led to the creation of more women only rides.
Sessions are led by a female instructor and run from 10am until 1pm at both parks. All levels of riders are welcome, but they are ideal for those who can already ride but want to build their confidence.
Cabinet member for transport, environment and leisure, Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, said: “The sessions have proved very popular, particularly with those who want to improve their riding technique, build confidence on a bike and meet new people while exploring our beautiful parks.”
The meeting point for the Gunnersbury Park rides is the Pope’s Lane entrance, near the old tennis courts. The meeting point for the Southall Park rides is by the Boyd Avenue entrance. There is no need to book a place, just turn up on the day. Bikes are available for women who would like to borrow one.
Karam Applegate an SWCC member and advocate for women’s cycling tells her story in Around Ealing’s, Summer 2015 editionwww.ealing.gov.uk/aroundealing
If you own a bike and would like it checked for minor faults, tyres pumped, or adjustments made then visit one of the Dr Bike sessions taking place across the borough. Visit www.ealing.gov.uk/cycling for the next available dates.
Further dates for women only rides are planned for September and October.
For more information call Jean at Cycle Training UK on 020 7232 4387 or email@example.com