In Mid-May all around the world cyclists and non-cyclists, female and male, gather to take an informal bike ride through their neighbourhoods to celebrate women. For the first time you can join in right here in Luxembourg.
We spoke to organiser Sevcan to find out more.
Hello Sevcan, can you tell us the inspiration for CycloFemme?
Hi. Well, I think the CycloFemme website puts it best itself when it describes it as a global celebration of women “… created to honour the past … to celebrate the present … and to empower the future of women everywhere, the backbone of positive social change.”
For me, a riding my bike has always given me this liberating feeling that little else could. So, when I heard about the ride, I thought it would be great to share this feeling with other people. The more the merrier! And I’d like to thank the Cycle Luxembourg team for helping me organise this.
“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammelled womanhood.” Susan B Anthony
So is the ride for women only?
No! Definitely not! This ride is to celebrate women, but is open to all, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or cycling experience!
And where and when will the ride take place?
Saturday 12th May, we will meet at the station in Wasserbillig at 11am. You can park for free there, or take the train (bikes free). The direct train leaves Luxembourg at 10:33, but if you live in the east there is a slightly earlier train which you can pick up at any of the intermediate stations on line 30; it gets into Wasserbillig a few minutes before 11. This one leaves Luxembourg at 10:05, check CFL for details.
We will ride to Trier and stop for a picnic lunch on the way and the participants are expected to pack their own lunch for that. After some refreshments in Trier we will head back to catch the train home from Wasserbillig.
WOAH THAT SOUNDS FAR!!
Ha ha, in fact it is only 15km to Trier, and flat. We will be taking it easy and – to be honest – this really is not a problem for anyone to complete. IF anyone finds themselves too tired for the return trip, they can always jump on a train in Trier itself!
“My big aim is more women on bicycles.” Mariana Vos
What if I don’t have a bike, and haven’t ridden for years?
Don’t worry; bikes can easily be hired here in Luxembourg City at Velo en Ville beforehand, or in Wasserbillig itself. This is a friendly, informal and easy-going ride, NOT a race in any way! We will “propel one another along”, and you never truly forget how to ride!
What else should I bring? Is there a fee for this ride?
Bring some food for a picnic, and some light snacks, as well as water. We charge no fee whatsoever for the ride but you’ll need the train fare (4€ for the day, more if returning from Trier) as well as cash for the ferry (1.40€). Maybe bring a light rain jacket and some sun-cream at the moment! We’ll be stopping for drinks so do take a little extra money for refreshments. Don’t worry about bringing a smile; bikes come with those pre-fitted.
Thanks for your time, and we’ll see you there!