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Broken Spoke Presents 'A Day of Women and Bicycles'

National cycling heroines come to Oxford to celebrate increase in women's cycling

On Saturday 5th March, Broken Spoke Bike Co-op on Pembroke Street will host an event celebrating women and cycling as part of a city-wide Women's Festival.  Speakers include endurance cyclist and author Emily Chappell, historian of women's cycling Dr Sheila Hanlon and England's first female frame builder Caren Harltey.  This celebration of the growing space of women in the bike industry, professional cycling and on the street is open to everyone.

Despite the upward trend in women's cycling most mechanics and competitive cyclists are men.  Growing up, women aren’t generally given access to knowledge about mechanics. As a result, women can feel like they can’t fix stuff themselves, or think it’s a man’s domain. All this can also be true for people with gender-variant identities.  To tackle this, in Oxford at Broken Spoke Bike Co-op a group of self-defining women volunteers set up a monthly night to give more women and trans* people the chance to learn to fix their bikes.  Beryl's Night (named for record-breaking cyclist Beryl Burton) was born and has been a big hit.

Across the UK women are breaking new ground working as bike mechanics, frame-builders, setting up bike businesses and competing in bike races.  Now Team Beryl are taking their mission one step further by bringing some of these women together to tell their stories.

A Day of Women and Bicycles (part of Oxford International Women’s Festival)
Saturday March 5th, 11am to 4pm, The Story Museum (42 Pembroke St, OX1 1BP)
Tickets and full line up: http://bsbcoop.org/a-day-of-women-and-bicycles/

This day of speakers and discussions will put the spotlight on the countless ways women are leading by example and enabling other women to get involved in competitive cycling, bike business, bike fixing and building.  Dr Shelia Hanlon will explore the revolutionary history of women’s cycling.  Our keynote speaker is adventure cyclist and writer Emily Chappell.  We will also hear from local cycling heroines like Cheryl Reid who helped to triple female membership of the Cowley Road Condors cycling club.

Organsier Karen McCallum says 'Its really important that to hear and celebrate the stories of women in cycling, this is how we will make a really shift in cycling and bike culture.'

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Last modified on February 20, 2016
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