Why we’re all women
There are a few reasons why we wanted to be an all female group. One was to promote a positive image of cycling, specifically, to women. Men cycle more than women, with 16% of men cycling at least once a week compared with only 10% of women (Department for Transport, 2002). Despite this, the bicycle has had an important role in women’s history which we want to celebrate:
“The bicycle has been responsible for more movement in manners and morals than anything since Charles the Second. Under it’s influence, wholly or in part, have wilted chaperons, long and narrow skirts, tight corsets, hair that would come down, black stockings, thick ankles large hats, prudery and fear of the dark; under its influence, wholly or in part, have bloomed weekends, strong nerves, strong legs, strong language, knickers, knowledge of make and shape, knowledge of woods and pastures, equality of sex, good digestion and professional occupation- in four words, the emancipation of women.” (Galsworthy, 1890)
Also there are so many female dance troupes that are all about being sexy and concerned about how they look. We just want to have a laugh and have fun and show that bikes can be fun. They can be fun no matter what you look like, what size you are and that you don’t need to sexualise yourself to ride them or to be entertaining.
The TRL conducted “Attitudes to cycling: a qualitative study and conceptual framework” (1997) where they found that women were less keen on cycling due to concerns about personal appearance, stating that it spoilt their hairstyle and were “worried about the view from behind” (TRL, 1997, p.10) We want to show that it’s ok to not care about these things and let ourselves concentrate on fun not hairstyles or how big our bums are.