Gear Up Girl SA is taking place on Sunday 22 November. Spread the word – and help Bike SA get more women riding. 

South Australia has a bit of an issue when it comes to cycling and women. Only one out of five cyclists on Adelaide’s streets are female. Compared to Europe, the number of female riders are significantly less than that of men. (In bike-friendly countries like the Netherlands, more than half of all cyclists are women and around a quarter of all trips are on bikes.)

The question is why? Well, it’s got a lot to do with safety. Most women in car-dominated cities such as Adelaide don’t ride because of safety concerns.

That’s why Bike SA’s Gear Up Girl SA event is a great way for women to have a go for the first time. It’s a case of safety in numbers and all you have to worry about is riding.  Bike SA has routes clearly signposted and even a police escort through the city at the start. The event is Adelaide’s biggest bike ride for women (held on Sunday 22 November) – at the end of the day it’s about bring friends together and enjoying a great day out on the bike. It doesn’t matter how fast you get to the finish line, what matters is the fun you have on the way there!

Haven’t ridden for a while? No problems. Gear Up Girl SA lets you decide how far you want to ride, so you can pick the challenge that suits you best. The event offers three ride options of varying lengths, from 15km to 50km, giving inexperienced riders an opportunity to try out their skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment while experienced riders can help get more female bums on bikes.

The beach ride as part of Gear Up Girl is oh so popular (and flat).

The 40km beach ride as part of Gear Up Girl SA is very popular (and flat).

The event begins with a yoga warm-up at 8:20am, followed by the commencement of each ride option from 9:00am, including rest and refreshment stops along the way.

Each year we get between 600-700 riders – but we’d like to see more. If you ride a bike – and have a friend that doesn’t yet ride – let them know about this event and help them convert to the wonderful world of cycling.

Watch and share the video below with friends about the ride. You can find out more information about the event @ www.bikesa.asn.au/gearupgirl