Cycle Sisters is an award-winning organisation which inspires and enables Muslim women to cycle. Our journey started in 2016 when we set up our first Muslim women’s community cycle group in Waltham Forest in East London - since then our work has been recognised as being ground-breaking and hugely successful in supporting large numbers of Muslim women to cycle.
Cycle Sisters was started by Sarah Javaid who saw the need for Muslim women’s cycle groups that offer supportive, inclusive, sociable rides for other women like her. Our first group started with just Sarah, her friend and her two sisters in law and in just a few years, we have grown to have multiple groups and hundreds of women on our rides!
We work to address the inequalities in cycling by ensuring that the needs of Muslim women are understood and met. Levels of cycling in the UK are low with the majority of journeys being undertaken by men. Women - and particularly those from minority backgrounds - experience many barriers to cycling and are less likely to see cycling as an option for themselves and their families.
Our Muslim women’s cycle groups provide support and role models while our partnership work with local and national cycling organisations helps to tackle stereotypes and make cycling more inclusive and diverse. Our longer-term goal is to grow into a nation wide network of Muslim women cyclists, ensuring that Muslim women cyclists have a voice on a national level.
“Cycle Sisters has made a visible difference - there are noticeably more Muslim women on bikes
which challenges stereotypes and therefore has a wider impact”
Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow