By Harriet Ernstsons Friday 20 September 2013 Updated: 20/09 08:53
CYCLISTS are being called on to help influence a county strategy to get more women involved in the sport.
A survey from the Choose How You Move in Redditch scheme, run by Worcestershire County Council, will feed in to future decision making as part of a national bid to get one million more women and girls using bikes by 2020.
Over the past four years there has been a rise in the number of women cycling with female members of staff taking bikes out on loan through Redditch Borough Council and an increase in interest following the Tour Series Event in the town this summer.
Membership of Redditch Road and Path Cycle Club has also risen sharply in recent months but research suggests barriers such as lack of confidence, access to suitable bikes and a lack of time still exist.
Andy Baker, transport planning and commissioning manager at the county council, said the number of women cyclists was ‘woefully low’ compared to men.
“Whilst we have seen some interest through the Choose How You Move programme, with bike loans to businesses and hire through venues such as Arrow Valley Park and local cycling clubs, we’re keen to develop this even further.
“As a form of active and sustainable travel for the county as a whole, we’re strongly committed to the promotion of cycling.”
Visit www.surveymonkeys.com/s/Callingwomencyclists to take part in the survey, which will see prizes randomly awarded to those who take part.
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