A South Tyneside women’s charity has teamed up with Sunderland Young People’s Bike Project to encourage more young women to get involved in cycling.
The scheme has been made possible thanks to funding from the Bike Ability Trust and Department for Transport .
Bright Futures works with young women aged up to 25 to give them just that, a brighter future, by raising their self-esteem and confidence around a range of issues including alcohol and substance misuse, child sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual health and relationships, homelessness, family relationships, friendships, school, education, training, crime and antisocial behaviour. Bright Futures new cycling scheme A recent report by Cycling UK found men do nearly three times as many cycling journeys than women. Bright Futures decided to take up some research of its own to find out how many women cycle in South Tyneside.
After consultation with more than 40 young women from South Tyneside, the charity found that 47% of them did not have access to a bicycle and 62% would not know how to fix or maintain a bicycle.
The new and innovative project will deliver a range of inclusive sessions, including the opportunity to gain qualifications, increase overall health, understand bike safety and maintenance as well as supporting young women to identify new, safe cycle routes. The project starts this month and will run through until September 2022 with various dates and times which will be confirmed via social media. On their bikes. Dominique Hendry, Project Manager at Bright Futures said: “We understand […]