19 July 2012
We were thrilled when the Breeze team heard that Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People at the Department for Work and Pensions, had become one of the thousands of women up and down the country supporting our Breeze bike rides.
Maria popped along to see Basingstoke champion Ruth Crawford and her Breeze pals before their ride. Their bike ride was setting off from a local crèche, Bunnies Children’s Centre, giving mums the perfect opportunity to ride in a fun and safe environment. It’s a wonderful example of how the Breeze network is reaching out to more women than ever before.
We hear that Maria had a great time meeting the mums and toddlers and was thrilled that an initiative was in place to get more mums active. She told the Basingstoke Gazette:
‘I was really interested to hear about the Breeze Basingstoke programme and the great work that it is doing to help more young women get involved in cycling for fun. The fact that Breeze Basingstoke and Bunnies Children’s Centre have combined resources to provide a crèche facility means that the programme is accessible to mums with pre-school children.’
The mother of three added: “I know from my own experience how enjoyable it is to be able to cycle together as a family and that is another benefit that the mums taking part in Breeze Basingstoke will be able to look forward to as their children get older.”
The latest Active People survey from Sport England shows that over 50,000 more women are cycling now than six months ago thanks to initiatives like Breeze. In this unforgettable year, this is when we join together and celebrate women only bike rides and Breeze is here every step of the way.