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If you were at the Pushy Women South speaking event, you would know that Tracy Harvey isn't afraid of two things, the intersection of St Kilda Rd and Fitzroy Sts, and taking her pants off in public. This Sunday, you might get to see her tackling both at once in her unique high spirited style on our Pushy Women Excursion.

A legend of Australian comedy, Tracy Harvey set the bar for many of the female comedians we know and love today. On our weekend ride, you can get up close and personal (not too close, depending on the pants thing...) with this very funny lady as she guides you and a bunch of local lasses on a social afternoon of riding for women.

Tracy Harvey's Day out on a bike will get you to enjoy the beauty of Sunday cruising to a selection of the best locations in Tracey's neighbourhood, including a Yacht Club, Hari Krisha temple and some sand between your toes.

Part performance, part observance, no parts endurance, Pushy Women Rides bring together women in a unique setting to consider what it means to be a woman on wheels. 

Cost $15 

Book your place online, in person at any of City of Port Phillip’s Town Hall Cashier & Enquiries desk or by phone on 9209 6274.

She Spoke - Southside Women on Wheels - Three months of rides, workshops and special events celebrating women on bikes is presented by the City of Port Phillip.

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Sunday 8 December, 2-4.30pm

Departing from St Ali North

BOOK YOUR PLACE

What a way to end the year! Taking a two wheeled tour with a bunch of awesome ladies lead by the gorgeous, glorious and notorious CLEMENTINE FORD.  The first three Pushy Women Excursions, presented in partnership with Catherine Deveny have proved to be an absolute CRACKER of a time. So if you need a break from the silly season before it even gets started, we have a VERY LIMITED number of places left in this Sunday’s excursion.

As usual, we will start with a free coffee and a tune up care of St Ali North andVelo Cycles, and ride off into the summery afternoon  to visit some of Clementine’s favourite people and places. NOTE TO WARDROBE, one of the stops will involve a very special photo opportunity for you and your treadlie, so don’t let it go to waste…We’ll be visiting houses, flea markets and getting serenaded with our own personal musical performance. The ride will finish up in Brunswick in everyone’s favourite beer garden at The Brunswick Green.

So what can we expect from our gracious host on the day? Here’s a snippet of Clementine’s bicycle story:

When did you first start riding a bike?
I can’t remember ever not being able to ride a bike, so I must have started pretty 

early! I stopped riding in my teens because we lived at the top of a big hill and I ended up just walking everywhere. But I re-embraced the two wheels when I was at university and have never looked back!

What do you like best about bike riding?
I love the freedom having a bike gives you. You can literally go anywhere on it. It’s very liberating. And there’s nothing better than going for a ride on a beautiful spring night when the scent of jasmine hangs heavy in the air. Everything feels possible then.

How had riding a bike changed your life?
I can’t really pinpoint anything, but I think bike riding gives you a confidence specific to being able to get on a bike and just go. So many people who don’t ride think that they can’t, or they’re afraid. So there’s a fearlessness to riding. I feel like I’m part of a long line of women who have bucked authority. Obviously now there’s nothing strange about a woman riding a bike; but it was a rebellious thing for women to do in the beginning. Being a part of that tradition is very satisfying.

Details:
Tickets:  $25 adult / $15 accompanying child (plus 30c booking fee) via trybooking (includes free coffee and bike tune up)
Tour start: 24 November 2pm at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North
Bring: Working bicycle + bell (or hire a bike from Velo Cycles for $20, please book prior to ride), helmet, camera/phone, water.
Contact: Pip via pip@thesqueakywheel.com.au if you’re new to bike riding, want to bring small family members along or if you have any questions.

 

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Sunday 24 November, 2-4.30pm
Departing from St Ali North
BOOK YOUR PLACE

You may have seen a play she wrote, you may have read her writing in The Guardian, but THIS SUNDAY 24 November you can join her on a two wheeled jaunt around Melbourne’s inner north, for the third instalment of our Pushy Women series, featuring speaker, teacher and MC, theatremaker, novelist, and barbarian Van Badham.

We spoke to Van about what bike riding means to her: “I started riding a bike when I was 5. It was a green Malvern Star and my parents assured me it was the greatest bicycle ever. For some reason, the front fork had to be replaced and the replacement was this pineapple colour. It made my bike even cooler. My bike became my closest companion for years: on camping holidays on the Hawkesbury River, I used to ride the bike for miles and miles through forests and orchards, past mountains and to distant and spectacular locations. It was freedom.”

“It’s the agency that the bike gives you that is what I like most about riding. As a girl, I think cycling really connected me to the possibility that I could – and should – determine my own direction, and have the power at my disposal to go where I wanted to and see things for myself. 40 countries and a big life later, I think I do owe my belief that adventure is always possible to the bike. I rode a hire over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco down to Sausalito when I was 27 and it was the most golden day of my life.” This is Pushy Woman after our own hearts! Couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

So what’s on Van’s Pushy Women Excursion? Well, we’ll start out at our usual spot, the sunny side of St Ali North, with a free coffee and a tune up for your bicycle care of Velo Cycles. If you arrive early, you can take a spin on a Gazelle Electric bike from Velo Electric and Folding (perhaps you want to go all the way?). Departing this treadlie nirvana, Van will lead us on a journey into her past, with a story to tell at every stop. Prepare for cake at Babka, ice-cream  at Trampoline, discount designer frills at Alannah Hill, a spot of education at Trades Hall rounded out with a tipple at the Standard Hotel.

Tickets are limited so BOOK YOUR PLACE

Details:
Tickets:  $25 adult / $15 accompanying child (plus 30c booking fee) via trybooking (includes free coffee and bike tune up)
Tour start: 24 November 2pm at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North
Bring: Working bicycle + bell (or hire a bike from Velo Cycles for $20, please book prior to ride), helmet, camera/phone, water.
Contact: Pip via pip@thesqueakywheel.com.au if you’re new to bike riding, want to bring small family members along or if you have any questions.

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Sunday 10 November, 2-4.30pm
Departing from St Ali North
BOOK YOUR PLACE

Hey Ladies! YEAH? Hey fellas YEAH? Can you hear me? YEAH. Ok then. I’ll stop shouting. Forgive us, we are excited that our second Pushy Women Excursion is just days away, happening THIS SUNDAY 10 November featuring the very funny Geraldine Hickey.

Geraldine will be leading us on a Lonely Hearts tour de wheels. Quite possibly the only way time you will ever do couple stuff with lots of people even if you arrive alone. Sounds weird? – we HOPE SO. The Pushy Women Excursions are a relaxed day out of riding, designed to give you a warm glow about riding a bike and being with other people, in this case, women (but guys are welcome too!)

Sunday’s ride will start out at our gracious hosts, St Ali North with a free coffee and bicycle tune up from Velo Cycles. There is 10km of riding planned, but it will be at a relaxed and sociable pace, so you needn’t worry about working up a sweat!

Along the way Geraldine will lead us on her lonely hearts tour of the inner north, taking in an ice cream shop, the Edinburgh Gardens, Arts Projects Australia, High St Northcote and winding up at the Abbotsford Convent. Along the way she will no doubt regale us with humorous insights and recollections of things past.

If you haven’t heard of Geraldine, a word from her bio ….’a local comedian with an unselfconscious charm and a superb skill for finding the funny in true stories. She is very excited about coming on board with the Pushy Women Excursion project basically because she’s just happy to have a reason to be out of the house, and having spent her child hood cruising the streets on her Apollo 13 the chance of recapturing those memories is one of the best reasons to be out of the house.’

What more need we say?

Let’s get out of the house together, THIS SUNDAY for our second PUSHY WOMEN EXCURSION.

Details:
Tickets:  $25 adult / $15 accompanying child (plus 30c booking fee) via trybooking (includes free coffee and bike tune up)
Tour start: 27 October 2pm at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North
Bring: Working bicycle + bell (or hire a bike from Velo Cycles for $20, please book prior to ride), helmet, camera/phone, water.
Contact: Pip via pip@thesqueakywheel.com.au if you’re new to bike riding, want to bring small family members along or if you have any questions.

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Sunday 27 October, 2-4.30pm
Departing from St Ali North
BOOK YOUR PLACE

We are pleased as punch to be kicking off our inaugural Pushy Women Excursions series with writer, thinker, organiser and all round wonder woman Karen Pickering. One of our most prolific contemporary commentators on feminist issues, Karen will be sharing some of her insights and Northside highlights with us (and YOU!) on two wheels. “Riding a bike makes me so happy, and connects with my feminism so intuitively, that I wanted to share that excitement with people.”

This ride is suitable for anyone with basic riding ability. Perhaps you haven’t been out on the bike in a while or aren’t confident riding in traffic? Our route includes lots of flat terrain and you will experience the safety of riding in a small group.

Karen says, “When I first started riding, I found it really daunting. My bike is a cruiser, it’s like that because I like riding slowly everywhere. I thought it would be good to ease people into it. Using riding for ordinary things, like going to the shop, so it’s not so much of a mission.”

We couldn’t agree more! The idea behind the Pushy Women excursions is to provide women (and men if they would like to come) a safe and uncompetitive environment in which to get out a bike. No need to sweat or dress for exercise, just come as you are (or however you would like to dress for a Sunday afternoon out with the ladies!) Karen again; “I’m super unfit, I ride in dresses, so I thought it would be cruisy, easy and won’t be difficult or pushing anyone’s physical fitness.”

The rides are lead by female Austcycle trained guides (i.e. The Squeaky Wheel staff), so if you have any concerns we are there to help, but the riding will be slow, social and interspersed with stops selected by Karen to give you insight in to her life, her work and her experiences on two wheels. 

Beginning at St Ali North on Nicholson St (with a free coffee and tune-up thanks to Velo Cycles) the ride will finish up at a pub in Collingwood within 2.5 hours (so you can enjoy a refreshing post-endorphin brew!) Participants will be briefed on the ride route and other destinations at the start of the ride. All riders will be covered by Cycling Australia insurance, provided via Cycling Victoria through their Breeze Program.

So come and join Karen and her Schwinn Jenny (called Jenny) for a great day out on the bike.

Details:
Tickets:  $25 adult / $15 accompanying child (plus 30c booking fee) via trybooking (includes free coffee and bike tune up)
Tour start: 27 October 2pm at St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North
Bring: Working bicycle + bell (or hire a bike from Velo Cycles for $20, please book prior to ride), helmet, camera/phone, water.
Contact: Ben via info@thesqueakywheel.com.au if you’re new to bike riding, want to bring small family members along or if you have any questions.

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