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Gender equality in women’s cycling

Hannah McQuarrieGender equality in women’s cycling is the talking point at the annual Women & Cycling Conference in Hereford amid claims of bullying and intimidation in the world of British Cycling.

The second annual conference tomorrow (May 4) is organised, with the help of Herefordshire Council, by WE Cycle UK, which encourages more women to ride a bike. They aim to have an equal number of male and female cyclists on UK roads by 2020.

WE Cycle’s Hannah McQuarrie (pictured), who runs cycle training and women’s clubs in Harrow, will be one of the speakers on the day. She runs classes for Cycle Experience, part of the TTC Group – the Learning and Development organisation which focus on road safety education.

“There are half as many women cyclists as men and we want to encourage more to get on their bikes,” said Hannah, who claims women encounter more barriers and experience more deterrents to regular cycling than men.

“We want to discuss the positive steps that we can all take towards gender equality in cycling,” said Hannah, who runs cycle classes for women in Harrow including teaching them how to repair their bikes.

The conference, including workshops, discussions and presentations from 10am to 5pm is at The Courtyard in Edgar Street and will hear from 16 cycle industry leaders, 15 women and one man.

“It offers an opportunity to share best practice with colleagues from across the country, meet the volunteers that make the magic happen on the ground and be inspired to share our ambitions for more women, children, older people and people with disabilities to be able to travel by bike, trike and trailer,” added Hannah.

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