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Ask not what the industry can do for you, but what you can do for the industry!

I’ve been around the industry for a while, having occupied various roles in sales, marketing and blogging. While working as a rep, I looked for ways to encourage everyone to cycle and stumbled across my current employer, Bikeworks. I started volunteering at their All Ability Inclusive Cycling clubs, and now …

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Inspiring change

Women are underrepresented in a variety of roles in the cycle industry, perhaps none more so than in bike mechanics. Cytech, an industry training and accreditation scheme for cycle technicians, estimates just two per cent of its trained mechanics worldwide are women. Cycle Training UK says 49 per cent of …

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A lack of progress?

While I’m sure we’d all like to agree that cycling is an activity open to just about everyone in some form or another, it’s undeniable that various communities and groups have been marginalised by their positions. Research from all corners of the industry have highlighted some of the glaring issues …

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Disability cycling: raising awareness

According to research, two-thirds of disabled cyclists find cycling easier than walking, and yet many disabled people are unaware that cycling is an option for them. Although disability cycling is a specialist subject, there are several actions non-experts in the industry can take to help disabled people get cycling, and …

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Identifying the obstacles

I first opened a bike shop at the age of 22, having worked in the industry in various roles from the age of 16. Naturally, at 22, I knew exactly what I was doing and how I was going to make millions from selling bikes; in reality, I didn’t have …

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Islabikes to offer equal maternity and paternity leave benefits

Islabikes has announced a new regime offering equal maternity and paternity leave benefits.  "Having a child is a life-defining moment yet despite changes in legislation, both parents still do not enjoy the same parental leave benefits," read a company statement. "At Islabikes we’ve decided to take the initiative by introducing …

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London cycling commissioner sets sights on diversity

London’s cycling and walking commissioner Will Norman has vowed to tackle ongoing diversity issues in the capital.  He is currently weighing up the option of setting diversity targets for the cycling population to ensure progress is being achieved, and that emphasis would continue to be put on programmes to increase …

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