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Women being called on to help shape county cycling strategy
8:30am Saturday 14th September 2013 in Local
WORCESTERSHIRE County Council's 'Choose how you move in Redditch' programme is encouraging women to take part in a survey which will help influence policy and decision making of a planned cycling strategy in the county.
The survey, which is in line with a national campaign currently being run by British Cycling, hopes to contribute to the organisation's aim to get one million more women and girls on their bikes by 2020.
Over the last four years, there has been a rise in the number of women cycling though statistics suggest that there are still three times more men than women riding bicycles.
There are a number of additional barriers to cycling which challenge women specifically, and therefore a desire to redress the balance and inspire more women to cycle more.
Other studies show that as women increase the amount of time spent riding for leisure or fitness, they are more likely to cycle to work, which is a key aim of 'Choose how you move'.
With the runaway success of the Redditch Tour Series in June 2013 and other sporting events nationally, cycling has been enjoying a high profile nationwide.
There's been a rise in number of Choose loan bikes to businesses, including several women cyclists; bikes available for hire in Arrow Valley Park and an increase in membership of local club Redditch Road and Path Cycle Club.
As many female cyclists as possible are encouraged to complete the survey. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/s/Callingwomencyclists.
Spot prizes will be randomly awarded to selected survey responses.
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