The second instalment of An Evening with A Beautiful Machine took place last night in he Bristol shop.
Thank you to Lowenna, Laura and Poppy for taking part in the panel discussion about women and cycling.
Many issues were brought up about how cycling may be different for men and women and how we could encourage more women to get into cycling for sport, recreation and/or commuting.
Female role models such as household name and World and Olympic champion Victoria Pendleton were held up as proving women cycling athletes are as inspiring as male athletes.
It was felt that the rise and rise of Fixed Gear riding in the fashion world is only a good thing and will expose more people to cycling as a cool option to get around town, especially as more sport and fashion clothes brands are catering to the needs of female cyclists.
More showers in work places and safe places to store bikes would encourage more people, including women to cycle. It was also thought that many women are put off by feeling intimidated by bicycle maintenance and being stranded if something was to go wrong. (find out about maintenance courses here http://www.ctcwest.org.uk/bristol/ http://www.sportsister.com/2009/05/20/bicycle-maintenance-the-best-female-friendly-courses/)
To make women feel safer on the roads for commuting, it would be great to have training available, in fact it seems Better By Bike have just that, so check it out, (similar training definitely helped me feel confident in traffic.)
We have someone from Better By Bike giving a talk on Friday as part of A Beautiful Machine. The discussion is open to anyone, so if you have any suggestions about removing barriers to cycling in and around the city, please let us know and we will pass them on.
My friend Gavin popped this link up online earlier, it's pretty clever! (there's some 'colourful' language in it, so it might not be suitable for young ears - but it' mostly about the visuals anyway, so i guess it'll be just as good muted!)[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/10149605[/vimeo]
Here's the desciption:
"This is a short film that was directed by the French animation collective H5, François Alaux, Hervé de Crécy + Ludovic Houplain. It was presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2009. It opened the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and won a 2010 academy award under the category of animated short."
Tonight, It's Ladies Night.
As part of A Beautiful Machine we bring you 3 leading ladies in the world of cycling, to prove that it's not always about the boys, but men are welcome too of course.
Talks start at 7pm with plenty of free beverages for everyone.
Tickets £5 available on the door (in aid of Save The Children).
If you would like to reserve a ticket, give us a ring on 0117 929 8928 or email [email protected], or comment on this blog.
Last Friday at the Bristol store saw the start of A Beautiful Machine, the festival of talks, rides and art celebrating all things bike.
The opening evening kicked off with Tim March delivering a brilliant no-visuals talk about his life on a bike (apart from his famous RIDER tattoo "so that in a thousand years when they find me is a peat bog somewhere, they know just what I did").
Followed by Amy Fleuriot from Cyclodelic who design and make practical and beautiful riding clothes for women, supported by some of Britain's top women riders.
It was a great night and there is more to come this week:
Tomorrow (Tuesday 30th March) night the talks will be by some influential ladies in the cycling world:
Laura Fletcher will talk about the Bicycle Film Festival
Dr Lowenna Smith rider and writer from Cycling Plus
and Poppy Smith, is editorial and fashion assistant at Cooler magazine
and then this Friday:
Gav Strange, all round talent and web and graphic designer at Aardman and fixie enthusiast
Ben Hillsdon (Cycling City – Bristol) will bring us up to date with the Cycling City Project
Tony Farrally is feditor of locally run digital magazine Road cc.
Finally James and Colin from the brilliant Bristol Bike Project.
If Friday night is anything to go by, then both events will be excellent and not to be missed (tickets are £5 - all proceeds go to Save the Children). Might still be a bit of beer and rum around to make the evenings even better.
The illustration show continues all week upstairs at the Bristol shop (62 Queens Road), all the art on show is being auctioned instore, all money goes to Save the Children. You can also see the bike built by the Bristol Bike Project which will also be auctioned to raise money for the project.
Keep an eye here for all the updates, here.