STARTING FROM THE BOTTOM NOW WE'RE HERE
“IF I HAD ONE WISH, I WOULD HOPE THAT ALL GIRLS COULD TRY RIDING.”
If we want to see more girls pedalling around the neighbourhood with huge smiles, if we want to have a happier, healthier young generation, and if we want to keep producing Olympians, getting more girls on bikes is the answer. Here’s what we need to do: get more women in coaching at all levels, create more beginner-friendly trails (which is also good for getting boys on bikes, too), create more publicized opportunities for girls to get out and try riding, and present more images of girls on bikes. Once a girl gets on the bike and has a good time, she’s hooked.
“If I had one wish, I would hope that all girls could try riding,” says nine-year-old Tate Proulx, who races bmx, mountain bikes and cyclocross. “It’s soooo much fun and you get to see some amazing forests and wildlife. I feel that when I am outside and riding my bike, I am free.”