The women have all been recognised in celebration of the amazing work they have done to inspire other women to cycle as the national cycling charity officially launches its Women’s Festival of Cycling. Amongst the 100 ladies listed this year are Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey, TV presenter, Angellica Bell (pictured with Fatima) and triple Olympic medallist, Victoria Pendleton.
It’s estimated that only a million women in the UK cycle regularly, just 3% of the population, with many more bike journeys made by men than women. The Women’s Festival of Cycling aims to address that imbalance by inspiring more women to get in the saddle.
Fatima has been working hard developing the borough’s cycling programme which has seen registrations for its free courses and rides soar over the past 3 years. Back in 2016/17 there were just under 100 adults attending, but under Fatima’s watch and funding by Transport for London, participants have jumped to 1,686 over the past year. Encouragingly, over 80% the participants are women and from ethnic minority backgrounds, with a huge age range from 16 – 82. LBH is doing everything it can to create an environment for inclusive cycling. The borough is now looking to invest in adapted bikes and setting up weekly drop in sessions in September in support of this strategy.
“I love the freedom cycling gives me and the healthier, cleaner option it represents when travelling around London. Cycling keeps me fit and removes all my stress to have a more positive, fun outlook on life.”
Councillor Hanif Khan, Cabinet Member for Transport at Hounslow Council said:
“We are delighted that Fatima has received this well-deserved recognition for her hard work. Fatima really threw herself into her role coordinating the cycle programme for the council and in the process discovered a true passion for cycling herself. Fatima’s enthusiasm has been infectious and she really inspires others to enjoy cycling as much as she does.
“Hounslow Council is lending its full support to cycling and other modes of sustainable travel. If we are to improve air quality across London, we must reduce car journeys and what better way to get out and about, especially at this time of year than by bike?”
Article from London Borough of Hounslow.