TandEM Women in Cycling
Cycling Training and Empowerment for Women by Women
This project is part of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Urban Mobility network, which aims to bring together consortia of cities, NGOs, academic institutions and/or commercial partners to initiate projects that engage people on the topics of urban mobility and public realm.
About this process
This process belongs to Participate in EIT Urban Mobility projects!
Tandem Women in Cycling is a train-the-trainer programme for women who want to empower other women to cycle. Online courses and an in-person training are followed by a collaborative two-month period where participants pilot several sessions of a women’s cycling programme with support from a network of peers and mentors. This training gives participants a chance to meet other civic-minded women from across the EU, while simultaneously having a chance to engage with their community through the joy of cycling.
Why are we doing this?
We believe in the power of bicycling - not only as a healthy and sustainable mode of transportation, but also as a symbol of freedom and safe and inclusive communities! At the same time, we’ve heard from many women who have told us that they don’t know how to ride a bicycle or that they want to bicycle more but they don’t feel comfortable cycling in urban environments.
EIT Urban Mobility and BYCS developed this program because we also believe there are many women out there who are strong community advocates and are interested in building the next generation of women who ride the city.
What does the course consist of?
Participants receive approximately 25 hours of training spread out over 4-5 online sessions and one weekend-long in-person training in Brussels. Following the training sessions, participants are supported to implement their own program to help more women in their city to gain confidence in bicycling. All training will be conducted in English.
Who are we looking for?
We’re looking for women in towns and cities across the EU who have a passion and enthusiasm for cycling and want to have a positive impact on their local community! As part of this program, you’ll also design and lead several sessions to help other women become more confident cyclists - so connections to local groups, communities or organisations who can help you in this mission are a plus.
When will the programme be offered?
The first cohort of ten participants completed the programme in November 2022 and we’re gearing up for Round II.
If you’re interested in getting support to teach people to bicycle and would like to stay up to date on future editions, please register your interest here (we will not use your email address for any other purpose).