In October 2013, Cycling Australia sought feedback from female cyclists across Australia.
Two surveys were distributed; one focused on female members of Cycling Australia and Mountain Bike Australia, and the second focused on women who rode bikes but who did not have any affiliation.
The surveys sought feedback on the level of satisfaction with Cycling Australia / Mountain Bike Australia programs and services, as well as seeking information on cycling habits, barriers to further participation and information on successful programs encouraging women into cycling.
Survey distribution was through Cycling Australia's networks and was supported by AustCycle, the Amy Gillett Foundation and respective Cycling Australia affiliates including Mountain Bike Australia and their member States and Territories.
And, the responses were overwhelming.
Over 2,400 responses were received, which included hundreds of comments, suggestions and case studies on existing women's cycling programs in communities around Australia.
The survey will inform both the Cycling Australia Women’s Commission and the Cycling Australia Participation Unit, who will use the survey findings to make cycling more accessible, safer and enjoyable for all Australian women both at a local community level right through to women involved in competitive cycling.
"We would like to thank everyone that supported our survey either by completing it or sharing it and encouraging others. We have been so impressed with feedback received by so many passionate female cyclists and look forward to compiling recommendations based on the excellent suggestions," said Women’s Commission Chair, Monique Hanley.
Congratulations to the two winners of the $200 Myer Gift Cards: Ailsa from Canberra, ACT and Anna from Drysdale, VIC.
The Women’s Commission and the Participation Unit are currently working through the feedback and will prepare a summary report, expected in early 2014.
About the Cycling Australia Women’s Commission
The Cycling Australia Women’s Commission was established in 2013 in response to lobbying from Cycling Victoria and a recommendation in the Wood Review.
The Women’s Commission was set up to provide advice, develop and review policies and strategies on matters to increase the involvement of women across the organisation, as well as coordinate information between States and Territories on successful initiatives on women’s cycling.
The Commission submitted an organisational Diversity Policy which was adopted by the CA Board in November 2013, and is currently lobbying the CA Road Commission to recommend introducing equal prize money at NRS events in 2014.
For more information, visit the Cycling Australia Women’s Page.