Bee’s Blog – Issue #1

Welcome to Bee’s Blog!

Buzz on in and join me, Greater Manchester Bicycle Mayor and founder of Bee Pedal Ready, Belinda Everett, on my monthly adventures!

Whether it’s community bike maintenance, tackling city commutes, or advocating for a more cycle-friendly Manchester, Bee’s Blog will be your one-stop shop for all things community cycling in the city.

So, buckle up (or clip in!), and get ready for a journey into the world of cycling with Bee!

MEET THE TRAILBLAZERS – THE FEMALE BIKE MECHANICS

Recently I featured on the BBC’s Business Daily Podcast, alongside Brenna Wrye-Simpson from America, who is the only female mechanic on the cyclo-cross World Cup, and Shavari Vidwan, a female bike mechanic from Mumbai India who set up her own bike maintenance shop in the city.

We spoke of our experiences as bike mechanics, and the similarities of barriers and hurdles we often face in the industry, despite living and working thousands of miles away from each other.

For the small percentage that we make around the globe, it was inspiring to meet Brenna who also races elite, works in a Bike Shop and is a mechanic in the pits for the Women’s cyclo-cross team that she manages. At one point, she was the only female mechanic on the Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

Sharvari was also incredible, she managed to set up a Bike shop in Mumbai, is a frame designer and wheel builder, and even had to travel to the UK to receive training. With the many cultural barriers that she faces, in which I too can relate, I found her resilience and persistence to keep going immense”.

In the end we all agreed, that if you want to see change, you have to become it. We continue to represent a very different bike mechanic, and as time continues, I hope some day there is a more equal representation

Check out the podcast via the link below to hear their stories and find out what happened when we all got talking to each other.

LEADING THE WAY AT CYCLE FEST

On a sun-drench May weekend, I was fortunate enough to lead a ride for the very first Cycle Fest at Station South in Levenshulme.

It was fantastic to see so many inspiring women on the ride to the National Cycling Centre, made better by a great atmosphere.

I was so impressed by the women, and to see so many people come and take part in the festival.

I’d like to massive well done to everyone involved! Click the link below for highlights from the day

WOMEN WEDNESDAYS

Women Wednesday Bike Maintenance Workshops have arrived at our new home at Boiler House Manchester (M16 7DA)

We had our first session yesterday “Spruce Up Yer Bike” which was amazing, and there were many sparkly bikes riding home!

We will be holding every Wednesday Bike Maintenance Workshops all throughout the year, in a women led safe and supported environment. For us all to learn together, to create more opportunities within the bike industry, with more equal representation.

To book your place on any of the workshops, click the link below

KIDICAL MASS

Kidical Mass Mcr was an unbelievable, extraordinary day!

Again, a 3rd time, we as a community took to the streets to highlight the awareness of wanting safer streets for our children & next generation, and every time the numbers continue to grow.

In one week as GM Bicycle Mayor I was part of and led the ride, and witnessed over 600 people in Manchester wanting Real Change.

Nearly a 1000 people wanting, and needing cars to stop being a priority over the health and wellbeing of children and families. Infrastructure that covers local neighbourhoods, schools, where communities live and thrive.

We have to remember the Real Message in what Kidical Mass all over the world is wanting to convey. All children deserve the right to ride safely and free, Everyday of the week. Let’s start seeing the roads through there eyes.

This “event” could not have happened without a strong sense of community of passionate parents and volunteers wanting change, and the incredible powerhouse of Layla Sierbert, Pauline Johnson and Sarah Roe. It was amazing to be a part of this extraordinary day. But the conversations and real action has to continue.

Until then, we will keep going, see you all at the next Kidical Mass.

CLEAN AND GREEN AT CASTLEFIELD BOWL

Bee Pedal Ready attended the Ready, Set, Cycle event in Castlefield Bowl to support Clean Green Castlefield.

We delivered a Dr Bike Session, fixing bikes and giving advice to attendees.

We were also joined by the amazing Chorlton Bike Deliveries and there fantastic E-cargo bikes, along with the local neighbourhood police putting security marking on bikes.

It was also great to be see Transport for Greater Manchester attend and give away active travel goodie bags on what was a truly fantastic day!

Bee Pedal Ready performing bike maintenance at Hulme Park
Cycle Fest Led Ride
Women Wednesday's
Castlefield Event

Bee’s Blog – Issue #1

Welcome to Bee’s Blog!

Buzz on in and join me, Greater Manchester Bicycle Mayor and founder of Bee Pedal Ready, Belinda Everett, on my monthly adventures!

Whether it’s community bike maintenance, tackling city commutes, or advocating for a more cycle-friendly Manchester, Bee’s Blog will be your one-stop shop for all things community cycling in the city.

So, buckle up (or clip in!), and get ready for a journey into the world of cycling with Bee!

MEET THE TRAILBLAZERS – THE FEMALE BIKE MECHANICS

Recently I featured on the BBC’s Business Daily Podcast, alongside Brenna Wrye-Simpson from America, who is the only female mechanic on the cyclo-cross World Cup, and Shavari Vidwan, a female bike mechanic from Mumbai India who set up her own bike maintenance shop in the city.

We spoke of our experiences as bike mechanics, and the similarities of barriers and hurdles we often face in the industry, despite living and working thousands of miles away from each other.

For the small percentage that we make around the globe, it was inspiring to meet Brenna who also races elite, works in a Bike Shop and is a mechanic in the pits for the Women’s cyclo-cross team that she manages. At one point, she was the only female mechanic on the Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

Sharvari was also incredible, she managed to set up a Bike shop in Mumbai, is a frame designer and wheel builder, and even had to travel to the UK to receive training. With the many cultural barriers that she faces, in which I too can relate, I found her resilience and persistence to keep going immense”.

In the end we all agreed, that if you want to see change, you have to become it. We continue to represent a very different bike mechanic, and as time continues, I hope some day there is a more equal representation

Check out the podcast via the link below to hear their stories and find out what happened when we all got talking to each other.

Bee Pedal Ready performing bike maintenance at Hulme Park

LEADING THE WAY AT CYCLE FEST

On a sun-drench May weekend, I was fortunate enough to lead a ride for the very first Cycle Fest at Station South in Levenshulme.

It was fantastic to see so many inspiring women on the ride to the National Cycling Centre, made better by a great atmosphere.

I was so impressed by the women, and to see so many people come and take part in the festival.

I’d like to massive well done to everyone involved! Click the link below for highlights from the day

Cycle Fest Led Ride

WOMEN WEDNESDAYS

Women Wednesday Bike Maintenance Workshops have arrived at our new home at Boiler House Manchester (M16 7DA)

We had our first session yesterday “Spruce Up Yer Bike” which was amazing, and there were many sparkly bikes riding home!

We will be holding every Wednesday Bike Maintenance Workshops all throughout the year, in a women led safe and supported environment. For us all to learn together, to create more opportunities within the bike industry, with more equal representation.

To book your place on any of the workshops, click the link below

Women Wednesday's

KIDICAL MASS

Kidical Mass Mcr was an unbelievable, extraordinary day!

Again, a 3rd time, we as a community took to the streets to highlight the awareness of wanting safer streets for our children & next generation, and every time the numbers continue to grow.

In one week as GM Bicycle Mayor I was part of and led the ride, and witnessed over 600 people in Manchester wanting Real Change.

Nearly a 1000 people wanting, and needing cars to stop being a priority over the health and wellbeing of children and families. Infrastructure that covers local neighbourhoods, schools, where communities live and thrive.

We have to remember the Real Message in what Kidical Mass all over the world is wanting to convey. All children deserve the right to ride safely and free, Everyday of the week. Let’s start seeing the roads through there eyes.

This “event” could not have happened without a strong sense of community of passionate parents and volunteers wanting change, and the incredible powerhouse of Layla Sierbert, Pauline Johnson and Sarah Roe. It was amazing to be a part of this extraordinary day. But the conversations and real action has to continue.

Until then, we will keep going, see you all at the next Kidical Mass.

CLEAN AND GREEN AT CASTLEFIELD BOWL

Bee Pedal Ready attended the Ready, Set, Cycle event in Castlefield Bowl to support Clean Green Castlefield.

We delivered a Dr Bike Session, fixing bikes and giving advice to attendees.

We were also joined by the amazing Chorlton Bike Deliveries and there fantastic E-cargo bikes, along with the local neighbourhood police putting security marking on bikes.

It was also great to be see Transport for Greater Manchester attend and give away active travel goodie bags on what was a truly fantastic day!

Castlefield Event