Glasgow Women on Wheels Cycle Festival is a festival throughout September 2021 for all women & non-binary people. It is programmed in partnership between Bike for Good and Scottish Cycling and part-funded by Glasgow Life to celebrate two years until Glasgow hosts the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships. We’ve programmed a huge range of events that can help you get started with cycling, to try new forms of cycling and to cycle more regularly in your daily life!

All of the events are inclusive of trans and intersex women, as well as non-binary and gender fluid people who are comfortable in a space that centres the experience of women.

See our calendar below, then scroll down to read the full description of each event and how to book them.

Upcoming Events

Let’s Talk Keeping Safe While Cycling

Monday 27th, 6-8pm, MILK Cafe

A group discussion shared over dinner in the cosy MILK Cafe, where our staff will share how they keep safe when cycling in the city. Learn handy tips and tricks so you can feel confident when out on the roads. An opportunity to share advice and experiences and make new friends.

Book tickets for the let’s talk keeping safe while cycling discussion and dinner.

Coffee Mornings & Bike Loans

Tuesday 28th, 10-11am, both West and South hubs

Meet our staff team for a morning coffee, chat about our programme and services and loan a bike from us so that you can cycle more during the festival! The month long bike loans are free and include a helmet, pannier and lock.

Book tickets for the coffee morning and bike loan sessions at the West hub, book tickets for sessions at the South hub. Also available for drop-in.

#SCWomenTalks Getting Started in Cycling

Tuesday 28th, 7-8pm, online

Join our panel to hear their experiences first learning to cycle, teaching other women to ride and attending group rides. Learn more about what you need to consider when choosing your bike and clothing and different opportunities that can help you to progress your cycling.

Book tickets for the #SCWomenTalks getting started in cycling panel discussion.

Bike Printing Workshop with Impact Arts

Wednesday 29th, 10am-11am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 1:30-2:30pm, 3-4pm, The Factory

Join Impact Arts and Bike for Good as we use scrap bike parts to make colourful and creative prints! Learn new creative skills and make new friends while doing so through using bike parts in a whole new way. Impact Arts is a forward-thinking community arts organisation which uses the arts and creativity to enable and empower social change.

Book tickets for the bike printing workshops.

Breeze Social Rides to the Transport Museum

Wednesday 29th, 6:15-7:30pm, Emirates Arena – Transport Museum

This traffic free route explores the very best that our great city has to offer the urban rider including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, site of the Track World Cup and venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The route takes you alongside the Clyde on an interesting urban route through Glasgow Green and onto Exhibition and Conference Centre, and the Transport Museum. Includes a stop for a quick snack and a few photos! Nobody gets left behind, and we especially welcome beginners. Please note that there are no bikes available so you will need to bring your own bike/helmet with you.

Book tickets for the ride on the 29th.

Spokes not Blokes

Wednesday 29th, 6-8pm, Civic House

Spokes not Blokes is a regular evening of guided bicycle maintenance offering a friendly and welcoming space, free of judgement. We offer a stand and tools and our skilled women and non-binary mechanics will be on hand to give help and advice if you get stuck. We also have new and second-hand parts available to buy.

Book tickets for Spokes not Blokes at the South hub. Book tickets for Spokes not Blokes at the Civic Street hub.

Learn to Cycle Lessons & Gentle Rides

Thursday 30th, lessons 10-11am and rides 11:30am-12:30pm, both West and South hubs

Our weekly lessons are ideal for those completely new to cycling, or those returning after a break. The sessions are also suitable for those who can ride but are looking to build their skills and confidence in cycling.

Our gentle group rides are suitable for those that can ride looking for a social ride guided by professional cycle instructors, or who wish to gain some cycling experience on quiet roads.

Bikes and helmets are provided. Please wear flat-soled shoes and bring weather appropriate clothing.

Book tickets for learn to cycle lessons and gentle guided rides, also available for drop-in.

Festival Wrap Up Party

Thursday 30th, 6-8pm, South hub

A chance to wrap up and remember all the great events from throughout the month, with food, drinks, music and fun. We’ll ensure that the celebration of women and non-binary people cycling lives on through our new mural, which we will unveil at the party. There will be lots of resources to hand that you can keep to help you continue cycling, as well as a chance to meet cycling organisations and groups in Glasgow and learn more about the services they provide.

Book tickets for the festival wrap up party, also available on a drop-in basis.

Previous events

Opening Celebration

Wednesday 1st, 5-7:30pm, West hub – South Hub

Join us for a celebratory parade from our West hub to our South hub wearing our festival colour, yellow! When we arrive to the South hub there will music, food & film screenings. Includes a warm welcome from champion cyclist Shanaze Reade!

Learn to Cycle Lessons & Gentle Rides

Thursday 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, lessons 10-11am and rides 11:30am-12:30pm, both West and South hubs

Our weekly lessons are ideal for those completely new to cycling, or those returning after a break. The sessions are also suitable for those who can ride but are looking to build their skills and confidence in cycling.

Our gentle group rides are suitable for those that can ride looking for a social ride guided by professional cycle instructors, or who wish to gain some cycling experience on quiet roads.

Bikes and helmets are provided. Please wear flat-soled shoes and bring weather appropriate clothing.

MOTHERLOAD Film Screening and Q&A

Friday 3rd, 6-8pm, online

An award-winning documentary that uses the cargo bike as the vehicle for exploring parenthood in this digital age of climate change. MOTHERLOAD captures a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of modern life, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote.

Filmmaker Liz Canning cycled everywhere until she had twins in 2008. Motherhood was challenging, but to Liz hauling babies via a car felt stifling. She Googled “family bike” and uncovered a global movement of people replacing cars with cargo bikes: long-frame bicycles designed for carrying heavy loads. Liz set out to learn more, and MOTHERLOAD was born.

After the film screening, Liz Canning will share her experience and what inspired her to make the film, with opportunity for everyone to ask any questions.

Social Ride to Pollok Park

Saturday 4th, 10am-12pm, South hub – Pollok Park

A guided social ride at a gentle pace so you can chat with others and make new friends through cycling. Ideal for any age group, bikes and helmets can be provided.

Breeze Social Rides to Cuningar Loop

Saturday 4th, 10:30am-12:30pm and 2-4pm, Glasgow Green – Cuningar Loop

A mostly flat route along the River Clyde heading east into South Lanarkshire to the Cuningar Woodland Park. The route starts from the Doulton Fountain, the largest terracotta fountain in the world before setting off through a number of parks and using cycle paths to reach the stopping point at the Cuningar Loop Woodland Park. Photos, chat and refuel before setting back to Glasgow Green. Please bring a helmet, a spare inner tube and a drink/snack. Beginners welcome!

Family Social Ride to Cuningar Loop

Sunday 5th, 10am-1pm, South hub – Cuningar Loop

An easy guided ride leaving from our South hub to the exciting woodland park on the banks of the River Clyde. Perfect for families with children at any age, the park is great for a picnic after the ride! Bikes and helmets can be provided.

Introduction to Breeze Champions

Monday 6th, 6-8pm, South hub

Join Scottish Cycling’s Melanie Toner, for an introduction to Breeze Champions, an amazing group of women & non-binary ride leaders. Find out more about how you can help get more women & girls into cycling whilst developing leadership skills and making new friends. Long-term Breeze Champions Kattalin Atorrasagasti and Sharon Allison will share their experiences and why they’d recommend becoming a Breeze Champion. You don’t need to be a cycling expert to become a Breeze Champion, just confident about riding a bike and passionate to get more women and non-binary people active! Food and drinks will be provided.

Coffee Mornings & Bike Loans

Tuesday 7th, 14th, 21st, 10-11am, both West and South hubs

Meet our staff team for a morning coffee, chat about our programme and services and loan a bike from us so that you can cycle more during the festival! The month long bike loans are free and include a helmet, pannier and lock.

Spokes not Blokes

Tuesday 7th, 5-8:30pm, South hub

Spokes not Blokes is a regular evening of guided bicycle maintenance offering a friendly and welcoming space, free of judgement. We offer a stand and tools and our skilled women and non-binary mechanics will be on hand to give help and advice if you get stuck. We also have new and second-hand parts available to buy.

Breeze Social Rides to the Transport Museum

Wednesday 8th, 15th, 6:15-7:30pm, Emirates Arena – Transport Museum

This traffic free route explores the very best that our great city has to offer the urban rider including the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, site of the Track World Cup and venue for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. The route takes you alongside the Clyde on an interesting urban route through Glasgow Green and onto Exhibition and Conference Centre, and the Transport Museum. Includes a stop for a quick snack and a few photos! Nobody gets left behind, and we especially welcome beginners. Please note that there are no bikes available so you will need to bring your own bike/helmet with you.

Women of Colour Cycle Group Launch

Friday 10th, 6-9pm, South hub

An exciting launch of a brand new women of colour cycle group in Glasgow. Starting with a screening of Pedal Pathways, a film about women learning to ride bikes organised by Bike for Good and Glendale Women’s Cafe. The panel will then discuss their journey into cycling, the barriers they faced and how they overcame them and how the women of colour cycle group can increase diversity in cycling. Everyone in the audience will be invited to share their ideas for the group, so together we can shape how it will evolve for all women of colour in Glasgow. Food and drinks will be provided.

Track Cycling Taster Session

Friday 10th 7-9pm, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

These 2 hour taster sessions are open to anyone already fairly confident at cycling so that you can test out the high speed world of track cycling! We request that you are ideally able to ride out of the saddle before booking. All bikes and equipment can be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Wear close fitting comfortable long sleeved/legged clothing, avoiding loose flapping clothing where possible.

Bike Packing Demonstration Day

Saturday 11th, 11am-4pm, the Hidden Gardens

Meet us at the Woodland Glade for a full introduction into bike packing, covering what to bring, how to pack your bike and set up your tent. Our team of staff will give you advice on bike packing and tell you their best bike packing experiences. Once all set up, everyone will enjoy a picnic together, using camping stoves to practice cooking outdoors! Please bring your own food where possible.

Let’s Talk Periods, Pregnancy & Menopause While Cycling

Monday 13th, 6-8pm, MILK Cafe

A group discussion shared over dinner in the cosy MILK Cafe, focused on how women manage their periods, pregnancy and menopausal symptoms when cycling and how cycling can positively impact symptoms. An opportunity to share advice and experiences and make new friends. Female cycling coach and sports consultant Deena Blacking and head coach and triathlete Vicky Begg will join us for the discussion to share her experience and knowledge.

Active Travel and Infrastructure Panel Discussion

Tuesday 14th, 6-8pm, South hub

An exciting opportunity to discuss how infrastructure impacts women’s cycling and how you can use your voice to change it. Panelists include Tamzin Dewar from Cycling UK, Iona Shepherd from GoBike and Pedal on Parliament, Sally Hinchcliffe from Cycling Dumfries, Pedal on Parliament, and the Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland and Jodi Gordon from Cycle Law Scotland. There will be an opportunity to plan ideas and share your experiences, and enjoy some delicious food.

Yoga for Cyclists

Wednesday 15th and 22nd, 6-7pm, The Pearce Institute

A yoga session with instructor Anna Hoddgart designed especially for cyclists, so that you can stretch out your tired limbs after all those social rides! Ideal for anyone, including beginners. Please bring your own yoga mat, water bottle and wear comfortable clothing you can stretch in.

BMX Taster Sessions

Wednesday 15th 6-8pm, Saturday 25th 12-2pm and Sunday 26th 12-2pm, Knightswood BMX Centre

An opportunity to try out BMX for the first time! These 2 hour taster sessions are open to anyone already reasonably confident cycling. We request that you are ideally able to ride out of the saddle before booking any of these sessions. All bikes and equipment can be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Wear close fitting comfortable long sleeved/legged clothing, avoiding loose flapping clothing where possible.

Monika Sattler Talk and Q&A

Friday 17th, 12-1pm, online

Monika Sattler is a female leadership & goals coach, cycling record holder, TEDx Speaker and Women Cycling ambassador best known for her RAD approach. In this one hour talk and Q&A she will discuss why you should start cycling and how to improve your confidence in cycling.

Civic Street Hub Launch & E-Cargo Bike Trials

Saturday 18th, 1-5pm, Civic House

A celebration for the launch of our brand new hub based on Civic Street with lots of fun cycling activities! Join us for confidence building led rides by the canal, try out our e-cargo bikes and find out how you can loan one, learn in a group cycling lesson for beginners and those returning to cycling, get your bike fixed by Dr Bike and find out about our services for commuters. Food and drinks will be provided.

Long Road Ride

Saturday 18th, 8:30am-3pm, Queen St Station – Tak Ma Doon

Time to tackle the famous Tak ma Doon and Crow Road ride! With some big climbs and busy roads this road-bike only ride is for those with lots of miles in their legs and no fear of big hills. We will meet at Queen Street Station to get the train to Croy, before cycling to Kilsyth and heading up the Tak Ma Doon – a 5k hill climb! We will then follow the road towards Carron Valley before joining the Crow Road. Another climb, another great view! We will have a quick lunch stop at the ‘Car Park in the Sky’ (please bring your own lunch) before the quick descent into Lennoxtown and then back into Glasgow via Kirkintilloch and the Forth and Clyde Canal. Please bring a basic bike maintenance kit (spare tube, pump, tyre levers etc.), lunch, snacks & water.  You must be able to complete your own road-side repairs as mechanical support will not be available. If the weather forecast is for heavy rain or wind, this ride will be postponed.

Track Cycling Taster Session

Saturday 18th 10am-12pm, Thursday 23rd 5-7pm, Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome

These 2 hour taster sessions are open to anyone already fairly confident at cycling so that you can test out the high speed world of track cycling! We request that you are ideally able to ride out of the saddle before booking. All bikes and equipment can be provided but you are welcome to bring your own. Wear close fitting comfortable short sleeved/legged clothing, avoiding loose flapping clothing where possible.

Mountain Bike Taster Session

Sunday 19th and 26th, 12-2pm, Cathkin Braes

This session is designed for novice MTB riders to enhance skills and confidence, helping you ride smoother and safely. It will focus on core riding techniques including gears, braking, pedalling, balance and body position. The friendly and experienced coaches will show you how to correctly set up your bike to suit your needs. Bikes and helmets are provided, but you can bring your own if suitable. Please wear tight fitting protective gloves, flat soled trainers, eye protection, elbow and knee protection if possible. Bring a water bottle and a snack to keep you going! 

BMX Session at the Loading Bay

Monday 20th, 10am-2pm, the Loading Bay

An opportunity to practice your skills in the fantastic Loading Bay Skatepark. Ideal for confident riders looking to try BMX for the first time in a quiet and welcoming environment. Our team will be on hand to give you advice and support, so you can build up your confidence. Bikes can be provided, or bring your own if you prefer! Please wear tight fitted and long sleeved clothing and bring your own BMX and a water bottle.

All Bodies on Bikes Screening and Kailey Kornhauser Talk and Q&A

Tuesday 21st, 6-8pm, online

Kailey Kornhauser and Marley Blonsky are bike riders on a mission – a mission to change the perception of who rides bikes. All Bodies on Bikes, a Shimano Originals film, follows Kailey and Marley on a two-day bikepacking trip along the Corvallis to Coast Trail, a 65-mile route through the gorgeous Oregon Coast Range. Following the screening of ‘All Bodies on Bikes’ Kailey Kornhauser will give a talk and Q&A on her experience as a cyclist. Kailey is a PhD Candidate in Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University, the Coordinator of the Oregon Central Coast Forest Collaborative, and an advocate for body size inclusivity in bicycling.

Karen Darke Talk and Q&A

Thursday 23rd, 6:30-7:30pm, online

Hear Karen Darke’s experience as a paralympic cyclist, including how she first got started with cycling. After a life-changing accident left Karen paralysed from the chest down, she left her career as a geologist in the Bolivian Andes to ski across icecaps, kayak at extreme latitudes of the planet, and handcycle the world’s biggest mountain ranges and longest rivers. In this talk, she’ll share stories from her recent expedition to Greenland cycling on a sailing boat!

Ovarian Psycos Screening

Friday 24th, 6:30-8pm, West hub

The film Ovarian Psycos rides along with the Ova’s, exploring the impact of the group’s activism, born of feminist ideals, Indigenous understanding and an urban/hood mentality, on neighbourhood women and communities as they confront injustice, racism, and violence, and take back their streets one ride at a time. Drinks will be provided.

Thank you to our funders: People Make GlasgowSmarter Choices, Smarter PlacesScottish GovernmentClimate Challenge FundScottish Cycling

and thank you to our caterers: Soul Food Sisters