Cycling activities for women

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Bike Belles Wear Moving is a project encouraging more women to cycle in Sunderland, Washington and Wearside. The project is funded by Sunderland Public Health and delivered by Sustrans.

We run lots of free cycling activities including women-only bike rides and one-to-one cycle training. We have bikes and helmets available to hire for free as well.

Women-only bike rides in Sunderland and Washington:

We usually run a ride every weekend, alternating between Sundays from Washington and Saturday from the Bike Dock in Sunderland. We have rides at three different levels: beginner, improver and challenge – no matter what your ability we’ve got something for eveyone!

All of our rides are fully supported by our friendly, knowledgeable ride leaders who will help you with any mechanical issues and offer useful cycling advice and encouragement along the way.

Upcoming rides:

Picnic Ride – Sunday 20th August ~ 15 miles

Join us for a pedalling picnic to the iconic Angel of the North – an intermediate bike ride of about 15 miles round trip. Everyone’s invited – bring the whole family!

20664977_670050886534640_430425286574058449_nMake the most of the Summer weather and pack some sandwiches/salad/cake – whatever you like for this special ride! Our marshals will pack the picnic blankets and some refreshments but please bring along your own picnic favourites for our mid-way stop at the famous Angel of the North.

In the (unlikely!) event of poor weather the route will be changed so that the half-way stop is indoors.

Please arrive early for the ride, our ride marshals will be there from 8.30am to register you and check your bikes.

For more information and to book your free place click on Picnic Ride.

This ride starts from The Life House, Washington Mind, Grasmere Terrace, Washington NE38 7LP.

Big Bank Holiday Bike Ride – Saturday 26th August ~ 20 miles

Everyone’s invited on our big bank holiday bike ride on the 26th August – Bring your family, partners and friends along for this special Bike Belles ride!

20638050_669710409902021_8224388623183211331_nSaturday 26th August the Bike Belles are inviting everyone along for an intermediate ride from the Bike Dock. The ride will take in part of the coast, Bede’s Way and some interesting local historical sites. The ride will be roughly 20 miles round trip and there’ll be a mid-way refreshment stop.

For more information and to book your free place click on Bank Holiday Ride.

This ride starts from the Bike Dock, next to the National Glass Centre, Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL.



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Adult Cycle Training – one-to-one Learn to Ride and Cycle Confidence sessions:

It’s never too late to learn – you can too!

FREE and friendly one-to-one cycle training, tailored to suit you. All levels and experience welcome, even complete beginners!

Never learnt to ride a bike? Or want to get back on your bike after a break? Either way we can help! One-to-one sessions can be arranged throughout the week or at weekends and will help you feel confident on two wheels.

These sessions are very informal and relaxed, progressing at a pace suitable for you. Whether you need a series of sessions or just a one off booster to help with gears, we can help.

Build your confidence and learn and practice the skills you need to get out on your bike, whatever your ability. FREE bikes and helmets available for you to use.

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Want to find out more? Read Natalie‘s story here.

For more information or to arrange a session please email