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Canadian Cycling Magazine - - INSPIRING GIRLS TO RIDE -

“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.”

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