Women into Cycling Programme

Woman standing beside her bike at Belfast City Hall

Cycle training course for women to help you gain skills and confidence

woman with bike at Hub

Betty from east Belfast did cycle training with Sustrans, pictured here at the Hub

Woman cycling on the road past a car

Cycle training course for women to help you gain skills and confidence

Woman with bike

Cycle training course for women to help you gain skills and confidence

Date
• Thurs 28 March to Thurs 9 May, 5.30pm to 7.30pm and Tues 4 June to Tues 9 July, 10am to 12pm
Venue
Active Travel Hub, C. S. Lewis Square, Belfast, Antrim, BT4 1HH

The Bike Life survey found that nearly three times as many men cycle in Belfast as women. We are taking practical steps to address this by launching Sustrans’ 6-week ‘Women into Cycling’ programme, which is one element of the CHIPS project, to encourage active travel. Following completion of a pilot course in the autum, we are now in the process of delivering our second course and are currently offering places, on two additional 6 week programmes, beginning in March and June.

The 6 week programme is divided into 6 x 2 hour sessions including discussion, cycle training, bike maintenance, group cycle rides, information on bicycles and equipment as well as giveaways. If you don't have a bike, we can lend you one for the course - please state this when signing up.

Course Content:

Week 1

  • Welcome and introduction to course
  • Motivations and barriers for women to cycle discussion
  • Choosing a bike with Belfast Bikes demonstration
  • Tips for clothing, hair and makeup for cycling!

Week 2

  • M-Check and ABCDD bike check
  • Level 1 National Standard Cycle Training (Level 2 to be arranged on a Saturday)
  • Health and nutrition - tips to take home

Week 3">

  • Get ready for winter, including a question and answer session with a regular cycling commuter.
  • Tips on panniers, baskets, lights and reflective gear

Week 4

  • Locks and bike security
  • Bike maintenance skills

Week 5

  • Planning a journey
  • Group cycle ride along the Comber & Connswater Greenways

Week 6

  • Group cycle ride
  • Cycle themed quiz with tea/coffee
  • Tips to keep cycling with information on National Standard Level 3 and Ride Manager Cycle Training

*Giveaways including bike bells, pens, badges, neck buffs and lights*

Course content and dates may be subject to change due to availability of staff and resources. 

Dates and Times

  • Thursday 28 March to Thursday 9 May, 5.30pm to 7.30pm
  • Tuesday 4 June to Tuesday 9 July, 10am to 12noon

Places are limited so don't delay. Find out more or book Women into Cycling Programme today.