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Karen Pickering's Excursion


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

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.

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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