One of Solent Transport’s partners, Beryl – the UK’s leading micromobility company – is launching a new series of fun and welcoming sustainable travel events for women on International Women’s Day.

The Beryl Women’s Tour 2023 offers participants the chance to sign up for a variety of different sessions and events, including:

  • Bike Happy events – a two-hour skills and confidence session for women on bikes
  • Group rides – an hour-long group bike ride session for women
  • Scoot Happy events – a two-hour skills and confidence session for women on e-scooters

The events are designed to improve knowledge and ability in a relaxed and fun environment.

Led by trained Bikeability instructors, the events are accessible for all women regardless of age, ability or experience and can be easily booked onto using Eventbrite.

The events happening in the Solent Region include:

  • Group Rides in Portsmouth (24th  April)
  • Group Rides in Southampton (28th April)
  • Bike Happy in Southampton (7th June)
  • Bike Happy in Portsmouth (12th June)

There is also a Scoot Happy event on the Isle of Wight on 29th April which is open to all.

Beryl bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters can all be hired using the Breeze app. Breeze is free to download and available from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Lauren Ward, our Programme Support Officer working on Breeze, says “We’re really pleased that Beryl are running these events aimed at supporting women and building confidence, especially as women are underrepresented in terms of those choosing to hire bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters. For example, only a third of e-scooter riders across our three e-scooter trials are women. Using Breeze helps make it really easy to hire bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters and encourage people to try out these modes of transport, as you can do it all from one app”.

The government’s National Travel Survey 2021* showed that women made fewer cycling trips on average than men in all age groups, with 7 cycling trips per person in 2021, compared to 24 trips per person. It also showed that men travelled four times the distance that women do, with an average of 89 miles cycled compared to an average of 22 miles.

Beryl Head of Marketing and Communications, Claire Sharpe, said: “Our mission is to remove the barriers that exist to cycling in cities and inspire more people to take up sustainable travel options.

“Our data, as well as national data, shows that we need to do even more to empower women to feel safe and confident while using sustainable transport, which is why we have created the Women’s Tour.

“By creating a pressure-free environment where women can come along, learn new skills, build confidence and access help and advice, we can start to redress the gender imbalance we are currently seeing.

“Getting more women out of their cars and onto sustainable transport will help further reduce road congestion, while contributing towards improving air quality and public health.”

For more information about Breeze, visit breezeuk.app. Book onto one of the events here Eventbrite.

 

*2022 data to be released in July 2023