Local MP Rushanara Ali presenting one of the cyclists with a Bikeability certificate

A cyclist receives her Bikeability certificate from local MP Rushanara Ali

Welcome to the Tower Hamlets Women’s Cycling blog.   The blog is a source of information about cycling for local women, in particular addressing some of the issues that Asian women may face.  We will also be providing information on relevant events, workshops and organisations.

How it all started …

This blog has evolved from the Fieldgate Bike Project set up by Sarah Hammond in 2011.   The Fieldgate project worked with women and young people from the Fieldgate Mansions Estate and the local area to encourage them to ride a bicycle.  The project was funded by Community Cycling Fund for London.

Before the project began there were no Asian women cyclists on the Fieldgate Mansions Estate.  However, 19 women aged from 20-60 signed up for training, with 10 women progressing to receive a Bikeability Level 1 certificate. 

The project partnered with the Jagonari Women’s Centre in Whitechapel, who loaned the bicycles, and Bikeworks, a local community cycling initiative, who provided training.  Two Barclays bikes were also used during training as a way to introduce the Transport for London scheme, which has three stations in the area.

Both the physical and social benefits of cycling have been a particular focus for the project, as many women in the community experience isolation and loneliness combined with illnesses, such as heart disease and diabetes.

On 28th October 2011 the women were presented with their certificates by local MP Rushanara Ali, who said, “It is vital that women in Tower Hamlets have the opportunity to improve their health and get fit and the Fieldgate Bike Project is a great example of that.  It is great to see the pride and independence the women have gained from this valuable project.” 

For more information about the Fieldgate Bike Project, visit www.artspokes.com