Lucy Marstrand attends Women’s Festival of Cycling 2019
There is a gender gap in cycling; 20% of men identify as regular cyclists compared to only 8% of women. Cycling UK, the hosts of Women’s Festival of Cycling, have a five-year strategy with the ambitious aim to get a million more people cycling by tackling the obstacles that prevent more women from riding bikes. To forward this aim, Women’s Festival of Cycling nominated 100 women in cycling to celebrate the role models whose great achievements inspire the cycling world.
The 100 women nominated included triple Olympic medallist Victoria Pendleton and TV presenter Angelica Bell, as well other well-known names such as Rebecca Charlton, Laura Winter and Orla Chennaoui. The list also features many women who work at different levels, from grassroots to the top, to promote and enable cycling.
Our very own Lucy Marstrand was invited to attend as an influencer in cycling. This no doubt reflects her extensive presentations that focus on inclusive design and more equal streets, her commitment to cycling expressed through the transport committees she’s involved with, but also the impressive projects she works on that enable cycling in her role as Project Centre’s Healthy Streets Advisor.
The festival itself started with a cycle ride from Guildhall to Westminster for a reception at the Houses of Parliament where Lucy met speakers Isla Rowntree of Islabike, a high-quality children’s bike company, and Labour MP Ruth Cadbury, two of the presenters of the day.
This marks the first of many events around the UK this July, all with the intent to encourage more women cyclists. We are very happy that Lucy had a chance to attend this brilliant festival and hope that she continues following her passion of creating a better place for people cycling.