Meet the team: Claire Birks

Why did you get involved with Girls on Bikes? After hearing about this incredible organisation from a colleague, I thought what better way to combine two things I am passionate about: cycling and empowering other women, than to get involved with Girls on Bikes?!  

What is your role in the program?

I am new to the team as a volunteer and so far I am enjoying providing bike coaching and support to the participants.

Share you best piece of advice for learning to ride a bike.

I have found that in life the best things come from when you are outside of your comfort zone. This applies to riding a bike - the trickiest bit is when you are initially taking your feet off the ground and placing them on the peddles. It is a moment of uncertainty whereby the fear of falling can override the ability to put both feet on the peddles. Yet embracing the moment of fear and uncertainty to place both feet on the peddles results in the incredible first moment of being able to ride a bike.

Tell us a bike riding story of your own.

I decided to cycle from one city to the next on a solo bike adventure whilst living in The Netherlands. It took me all day and I got quite lost whilst trying to get back home, but eventually managed to find my way back and had a wonderful adventure along the way. I even spotted a groom cycling with a bride on the back of a bike down a highway; only in The Netherlands!

What is your favourite book/movies/show/podcast?

My favourite movie is Into the Wild - I highly recommend listening to the soundtrack on a roadtrip!

In terms of books, I am a bit obsessed with World War 2 fiction (think The Book Thief, All the Light We Cannot See, etc).

What change would you like the see in the world?

I would love to see people challenge the social norm more and stand up for justice. We are often trapped in our own complacency and routine, and I yearn to see people focus less on one's self, and more on social justice issues which affect society's marginalised. 

Girls on Bikes acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, water and community. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and to Elders past, present and emerging.

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