Capitalwoman 2007 gets London women on their bikes

The importance of cycling was one of the key issues at this year’s capitalwoman event on March 3rd. London Cycling Campaign helped organise group rides to the conference and provided information on cycling for all.

Sarah Slater, community cycling officer at LCC, said: “Londoners are now realising the many virtues of getting on their bikes, but there are still fewer women cycling than men.

“We are keen to get the message across to women the cycling is convenient, fun and good for your health. It’s suitable for everyone.”

The event, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, brought together women of different ages and backgrounds to discuss the issues affecting them. Speakers included comedian Jo Brand, MP Diane Abbott and Nicky Gavron, deputy Mayor of London.

LCC helped get people on their bikes at the event, with a stall full of information on cycling. LCC members also organised a free maintenance workshop outside the exhibition centre, which proved very popular.

Slater said: “Cycling is now seen as one of the best ways to travel around London, whoever you are. We are delighted that capitalwoman has help raise awareness of the advantages of cycling.”