Lunch & Learn – Picnic and Cycle around Exeter with Co Bikes

Wednesday, 10th August, midday – 2pm

Southernhay, Exeter

On the 10th August, we will be getting on our Co Bikes for a fun, guided cycle around the city with Helen Scholes, marketing manager of the electric bike brand. We’ll be whizzing, safely of course, around Exeter, then returning to Southernhay for a picnic and chat with Helen. We’ll hear more about the innovative brand and also learn more about what we can do to help encourage more women to cycle – statistically, men make more than double the number of cycle trips compared with women. 

All Co Bikes are electrically assisted, which means they make cycling a breeze, even uphill – so you don’t end up hot and sweaty! We hope you’ll join us for a bit of fun! 

Limited to only 10, be quick! This will be a really fun way to spend your lunch break and hopefully it will give you renewed confidence to cycle around the city, whilst of course having a great time with fellow six degrees members!

Helen Scholes

About Co Bikes

Co Bikes together with Co Cars is proud to be a not-for-profit social enterprise. We want to change the way you move to help reduce congestion and pollution to make our city a better place to live, work and thrive. Exeter is home to nearly 200 electric Co Bikes that can be hired and returned from over 30 locations across Exeter and surrounding areas, for as little as 5p a minute.

All Co Bikes are electrically assisted, which means they make cycling a breeze, even up hill – so you don’t end up hot and sweaty, just refreshed, and invigorated. This means they are not only great fun but also ideal for commuting or for getting to meetings around the city.

Co Bikes was the first on-demand electric bike scheme in the UK. The scheme relaunched in September 2019 with support from Devon County Council enables continued growth of the sustainable travel scheme.


CoMoUK’s annual bike share survey revealed: “The gender split for bike share users, as indicated from the 2021 survey, was the least even of the results obtained over the last 6 years: 36% female, 60% male, 2% nonbinary or other and 1% prefer not to say. These figures can be compared to the 2020 National Travel Survey on this area, where, on average, men made more than double the number of cycle trips compared with women.”

What barriers particularly affect women?

Overwhelmingly, whether male or female, fear of traffic comes up again and again as a top reason for not cycling. But this seems to worry women more than men. Dr Aldred points out that women and men want the same thing when it comes to cycling: a safe environment. However, women are particularly concerned about perceived unsafe conditions. But there are other factors that affect women more than men. Transport for London’s research into barriers to cycling cites “home and family responsibilities” as the main barrier to participation for many Black and Minority Ethnic groups, “particularly for women (responsible for caring for children and other members of the family)”.

In addition, there is a particular kind of harassment from other road users that women experience: that of a sexual nature and sexist harassment stemming from indignation that a cyclist – and a female cyclist at that, doubly vulnerable and bold – would dare to get in the way of a driver.