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TfGM awarding grants to encourage more women to cycle in Greater Manchester

Just one week left to bid for up to £2,500 to hold a series of events

Community organisations that want to work to get more women on bikes have just a week to get bids in for grants of up to £2,500.

Transport for Greater Manchester is offering the money as part of a three month women’s cycling campaign.

Beginning in January, events can include workshops, bike maintenance, and series of events like led rides.

This year’s one month long celebration in March was deemed a good success.

The Urban Fitness Collective – or Tuf*C, is planning to build on the success of last year’s event.

Tuf*C’s Andy Hilton told BikeBiz: “Tuf*C Community Cycling was successful with funding in 2016.

“Working with our local bike shop, we ran ‘puncture parties’ for women which was a fun, practical and hands-on course for fixing punctures and replacing tubes by the roadside.

“The events were a great success and all participants really enjoyed them. The legacy is that most of the women cyclists who attended come out on rides with us and with friends, their confidence improving not only on the road but going into their local bike shop too. This wouldn’t have been possible without TfGM support or funding.”

Councillor Chris Paul, said: “The women’s cycling campaign was a great success last year, with more than 1,000 people signing up to events across the region, and some selling out almost immediately.

“We want to build on the success of last year by offering groups the opportunity to apply for up to £2,500 to host a series of events to encourage more women to start cycling or cycle more.

"Whether it’s rides, talks, networking, music, crafts, blogging, or maintenance and repairs, applicants are free to choose a single theme or to build up a varied programme.

“The events are all about inspiring more women to get out and enjoy all the benefits cycling has to offer, from keeping fit and making new friends to saving money on your daily commute.”

The closing date for funding applications is 8th December. Contact 0161 244 1000 or email cycling [at]

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