A well earned pit-stop during a ride. Image courtesy of Cycle Sisters.

Cycle sisters is a biker gang with a difference, it's primarily muslim women cycling in London.

Established to inspire and enable Muslim women to cycle, the group runs opportunities in Walthamstow, Redbridge and Chingford/Highams Park for weekly women-only social rides during school-term time. See the list of participating parks below.

There are multiple benefits for those taking part. There's the obvious one of being physically active, but the groups form support networks where they talk about common issues and break down many barriers.

Regular rides are offered through groups in Walthamstow, Chingford and Redbridge with a volunteer-led model, which the organisers plan to replicate in other areas of London (and eventually nationally). In addition, their partnership work with local and national cycling organisations helps to tackle stereotypes and makes cycling more inclusive and diverse.

The group has a few loan bikes for those without bicycles. All rides are promoted through their Facebook page and must be booked in advance.

Khadijah Zaidi from Cycle Sisters said:

Parks are a core part of our rides, as most start in parks and many of our rides explore green spaces both locally and further afield.

Jubilee Park (Tower Hamlets)

  • A 1.12 hectare park in Tower Hamlets.

Valentines Park, Redbridge

  • Valentines Park, just north of Ilford, is a good example of country house parkland of the classic period. It contains many features of both historic and natural interest, including Valentines Mansion, built around 1696-7. Valentines is the largest park in

The Highams Park, Waltham Forest

  • Local park.

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