Organisation polls the public to discover causes of male/female cyclist numbers disparity

British Cycling asks: ‘why aren’t more women cycling?’

British Cycling has opened an online survey to get to grips with the barriers stopping women from cycling.

The organisation is planning to use the results to create a programme of activity to encourage women to cycle and raise numbers by 2013.

British Cycling highlighted the disparity between male and female cycling numbers: two per cent of British women cycle each week, compared to 6.8 per cent – despite the fact that participation as a whole is booming. 1.88 million people were cycling by the end of 2009, according to Sport England’s Active People Survey, an increase of 113,000 people compared to 2008.

“Cycling is growing at a staggering rate and we want to make sure women are part of this trend by creating cycling opportunities that fit around their lifestyles and needs," said British Cycling’s chief exec Ian Drake.

"But first we need to understand what is preventing them from taking up our sport, so we would like to encourage women to share their views and experiences with us via our website.”

British Cycling, Sport England and Sky are aiming to get 125,000 more peole cycling once per week and one million more people cycling per month by 2013. BC is working with the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation to develop women-focused initiatives.

You can find the survey here.

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