WISE WOMEN on wheels
About the project:
Wise Women on Wheels is an incubation project. It is an exciting new collaboration between Rockstone Community Foundation and the Ubele Initiative which will support Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) women over the age of 45 in cycling proficiency.
This Tottenham based project will involve older BME women learning the Model Traffic Area (MTA) model to improve their cycling confidence and basic bike awareness. There will be three cycles of a 10-week programme with at least 12 older BME people in each round. Groups will meet on Saturday mornings. There will be repair and maintenance workshops to learn more about their bikes. This element will be offered by the Rockstone Community Foundation who have an info-shop based in the North of Lordship Recreational Ground. It is central to Ubele’s ethos to work collaboratively with other organisations so Rockstone will offer bike maintenance workshops to the BME women in the borough using the AQA qualification in Bike maintenance as a template for the training. There will also be health assessments throughout the programme to monitor the women’s BMI and blood pressure. With a target of recruiting at least 35% BME women who do not use bikes and have specific health conditions such as hypertension or diabetes, their health will be reviewed over the project to monitor any changes or improvements. This will mean the women will be able to see the benefits of being on the programme can have on their health.
The weekly cycling instructions will take place on the Model Traffic Area (MTA), a small network of miniature roads and pathways adjacent to the Lordship Rec Echo-Hub. It is located in the Lordship Recreational Ground, Tottenham. Broadly they will be learning how to be safe on the road with hand signalling, manoeuvring, primary and secondary positioning along with many other aspects of cycling.
Another element of Ubele’s work is its focus on intergenerational work. There will be 2 female volunteer Bikeability cyclists from University College London who will assist in the facilitation of the riding programme. Having a cross generational element will be beneficial to both parties getting to work with people they may not usually interact with.
Wise Women on Wheels promises to be an exciting project which spans, health, environmental, age concern and BME women’s issues to bring fun and innovative approaches to the local community in Tottenham through the lens of cycling.