Women’s cycle group pushes off in Borders

Peebles lawyer and cyclist Brenda Mitchell, is bringing Belles on Bikes, which organises bike rides, training and maintenance instruction for women, to the Borders.

The founder of specialist law firm, Cycle Law Scotland, hopes women of all levels of cycling experience will join Borders’ Belles on Bikes first ride of 18 miles on Saturday, August 30, leaving the Eastgate car park in Peebles at 10am.

Brenda said: “Belles on Bikes is run by women for women; to get more women cycling and to enjoy the benefits. Cycling is empowering. It reinforces a sense of independence.

“In a recent online discussion amongst women cyclists, the belief that cycling as a sporting activity rather than a means of transport, was thought to be holding some back from using their bikes more often.”

But the top reason given for stopping more women taking up cycling was fears around safety, she said: “That is why initiatives like Belles on Bikes are so important.”

Saturday’s route will take in Cardrona, Innerleithen and Walkerburn. Members will also have access to workshops and skills sessions to give them more confidence on the roads.

Supported by CTC Scotland and Cycling Scotland, Belles on Bikes was set up in Glasgow in March 2012. For more information join Belles on Bikes Scottish Borders on Facebook or in Meetup.com (Belles on Bikes in the Borders).