National Women and Cycling Conference #WACC2016

With just  5 delegate places and 2 weeks left until this year’s Women and Cycling Conference, Cycle Alert shares a sneak peek of what to expect of the day…

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The first speaker will be Dr Sheila Hanlon – an expert on the social and political history of women’s cycling who will aim to inspire delegates with a reminder of the role of the bicycle in the emancipation of women.

Key guest speakers include Sheridan Piggott from Sustrans’ successful York’s Bike Belles program, Suzanne Forup from CTC Scotland, Phil Jones from Phil Jones Associates, Anna Semlyen from 20’s Plenty, Heather Jones from CycleBOOM and blogger Katja Leyendecker.

The day includes a led ride with Isla Rowntree of Isla Bikes and multiple workshops on topics ranging from infrastructure for new riders, creating playful bicycle filled streets where you live, to riding in rural environments plus Isabelle Clements from Wheels for Wellbeing sharing her experience and thoughts on how delivering infrastructure for people with disabilities can open up paths for all people, young and old.

Pecha Kucha style presentations will create time for many more discussions and lots of planning workshops. Topics will include all issues facing women’s cycling; including effective community engagement and campaigning   participation and growth of the sport at the grassroots level, athlete development, and the pursuit of excellence across councils nationally.


The goals of the conference include:

  • Identifying ways to reduce the barriers to entry for women’s cycling, learning, adopting and adapting from others who have already created successful women-focussed cycling initiatives
  • Identifying other women’s cycling issues across all levels of the bicycling industry from utility to elite levels
  • To develop and prioritize action items, including support of WE Cycle UK and the Women’s Cycle Forum


It’s time to be loud on diversity within our cycling culture, and by aiming to address the needs of women, we hope to cater for a whole host of under-represented groups and reach out to those who previously may never have considered cycling at all.

“This conference gives policy-makers and key influencers a space in which to learn from each other, to develop successful policies into action that is tailored to their own boroughs; less ‘copy and paste’ and more cohesive.
Date: 4th May, 2016

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: The Courtyard

Address: Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9JR

Cost: visit for details