I suppose it was inevitable that when Back on My Bike & I helped form an organisation dedicated (among other things) to countering tired stereotypes of women in cycling, it ended up being run on a multitasking basis by busy women with far too much else on their plates to give it the attention it properly deserves. Which may be how we managed to plan to hold the Women’s Cycle Forum AGM (and if you’re planning on coming please do let us know) this Saturday in Glasgow on the same weekend as two Orange and one Gay Pride march, which could work out interesting, for a certain value of interesting.*
While it’s possible the two sets of marchers will simply cancel each other out and vanish in a puff of rainbow smoke (or more likely retire to their separate pubs and drink themselves into a standstill), the worry is that some people who might otherwise have come along may decide to simply avoid Glasgow altogether, which is a shame as they’re going to miss some great speakers (as well as cake and fizz to celebrate us officially turning one year old). So we have cooked up a cunning plan to meet up first and cycle to the Glasgow Women’s Library together in a group, avoiding the worst of the trouble spots for those who aren’t that familiar with Glasgow’s cycle routes.
Obviously, there’s also no truth in the other tired cliche that women can’t read maps, so I see no problem with this plan.
And now if you’ll excuse me, I have a birthday cake to bake while finishing off some editing work, responding to a consultation on air quality in Scotland and planning the Bigtownshire Cycle Campaign bike breakfast …
In all seriousness, though – do come along if you can, because it should be a great afternoon.
* the Chinese curse one