This Girl Can: Cycle
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By Cara Curtis

With women stepping up after International Women’s Day and the women’s march that took place in over 20 countries for equal rights, there’s nothing stopping women everywhere. This Girl Can campaign is encouraging women to do more

This Girl Can is a national campaign launched by Sport England to help inspire more women to get involved in physical activity and sporting events. After its launch in 2015, it helped change women’s perceptions around sporting in what seemed like a ‘man’s world’.

More than 30 percent of women in the UK take part in sporting activities once a week, and this is continuing to rise with a little help from the This Girl Can campaign. Across London, this charity holds events for women involving sports such as tennis, football, rugby, yoga and cycling.

From April 3rd to 6th, This Girl Can is holding a cycle safety class at Finsbury Park for women aged 14 or above who live work or study in Islington. This cycling course begins by covering bike control skills in an off-road setting, before progressing to a series of on-road sessions where women will interact with real traffic on quiet roads.

Since the start of 2015 until 2017, there have been 96 cycling fatalities in London alone.

It’s reported that London Mayor Sadiq Kahn is set to spend £770 million on cycling initiatives in London.

Kahn’s aim is to make cycling “safe and obvious” for Londoners. It’s proposed that by 2020 there will be two cycle superhighways, which will separate cyclists from the busiest roads in London, including London Bridge.

Elizabeth Penland, a keen cyclist in London said, “Cycling in London doesn’t feel safe. You’re the smallest on the road. A year ago I was hit by a car at Highbury Corner roundabout. It happened because of a bad driver and the lack of space due to construction work that has been going on for over two years now – it really knocked my confidence but you’ll still see me on my bike now.”

Finsbury Park New Cycle Lane
Finsbury Park New Cycle Lane

The Cycle Safety event, which will be held at Finsbury Park, will set the foundations for beginner cyclists with bikes and helmets provided. The course is free to encourage any woman aged 14 or above to join in. This course is progressive and women who wish to improve their cycling knowledge must attend all days.

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