Thanks to everyone who came to Saturday’s Women’s Cycle Forum. It was a brilliant event and a great flavour of it can be found in this storify which captures people’s tweets and pictures from the night.
We’re rounding up everyone’s blogs and recollections of the evening to get a fuller picture of the discussions at the individual round tables but for now (while I can still decipher my scribbles), here are the summary points each table made after their discussion:
- Cycling infrastructure should be good but above all it should be enjoyable
- Cycling needs to be built right into the mainstream
- We need to balance the benefits to cycling with the benefits to other road users
- We need to get kids on their bikes out of the playground and out into the real world
- We need to empower parents to cycle with their kids
- There needs to be less emphasis on ‘cycle porn’ (i.e. all the gear) – or at least don’t start with it
- We need to look at the culture around cycling
- Cycling culture and infrastructure is a bit of a chicken and egg situation – you need both to get the other! We need to be advocates
- People have no idea about the possibilities of inclusive cycling
- People do find the roads intimidating
- Some schools are actively hostile to cycling
- There can be an off-putting ‘machismo’ of the road – even from other women
- We need to defuse the sort of patronising cycling advice people get
- There needs to be more training on both sides – drivers too
- And finally: challenge everything!
And here are some tantalising hints about what each table was discussing with such passion!