Meet the team: Sophie Mayhew

Why did you get involved in Girls on Bikes?

The purpose of Girls on Bikes is quite simple, but you get so much more out of riding a bike than just a new skill. I got involved in Girls on Bikes because I wanted to support women to feel the self-confidence, freedom, comradery and pure joy that comes with cycling. Canberra is the perfect place to learn too – we’ve got great infrastructure for getting around and enjoying our beautiful city on a bike.

What is your role in the program?

As a new volunteer this year, my role is to provide support and encouragement at our cycling workshops.

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

Trust yourself, and have fun! Remember that you learn to do new things all the time, and with practice you will soon be zooming around on your own.

Tell us a bike riding story of your own.

I learned to ride a bike when I was 22 in Naoshima, Japan. My sister and I borrowed some bikes from our B&B and spent a day riding around the village. I felt self-conscious learning to ride a bike as an adult, but fortunately my only spectators there were street cats and the occasional shuttle bus. A year and a half later and I’ve signed up to ride almost 400km across Thailand for UN Women’s Ride for Rights. Eep!

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

The Guilty Feminist is my favourite podcast. I’m also a huge fan of stand-up comedy, cooking shows, and documentaries about the natural world (particularly when David Attenborough is involved!). I don’t think I could ever pick a favourite book as so many of them have taught me things and affected me in different ways.

What change would you like to see in the world?

More women in leadership, people being kinder to each other, everyone spending more time outside.

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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