So just a little over a year ago I had a brain wave. Why wasn’t there a website dedicated to female cyclists in Sydney? Why couldn’t I find all the info I needed to get cycling in one place? And info that was female specific and presented in a fun way?
And BikeGal.com was born!
As you probably know, the City of Sydney provided a 12 month matching grant to build the website and with a little help from a few friends, the website began to form.
It’s been a great year and lots of great things have happened.
Since the site went live in October last year, we have had 3,106 facebook shares of the 36 blogs!
BikeGal.com regularly attracts well over 1,000 visitors each moth with 64 per cent of all site visitors being from Sydney.
And the site has received some really great feedback from you – the mission was achieved. It got women on their bikes!
Inspired by the Tour, I’ve borrowed a bike and started out with this today!! Thanks for all your great info and tips – really helpful for nervous newbies!
I was scared about riding on the road but I have decided not to live my life in fear.
And there are loads more comments just like these one.
So thank you to you for getting on board, facing your fears and getting out there on bikes. Well done.
And on our facebook page, we have a 71 per cent female audience with most of you being between 25 and 54 years of age.
We loved handing out over one thousand free BikeGal.com water bottles at the Ride2Work Day breakfast, the WOOP! Rolling Festival and Spring Cycle.
And you seemed to like receiving them too!
Rachael featured in the April issue of TimeOut Sydney and on their website – Saddle Up Sydney!
BikeGal.com even became a Gear up Girl ambassador!
And lastly, but not least, BikeGal.com won a kindness award from WakeUp Sydney and was the 2013 Advocacy Award winner at Bicycle NSW’s annual awards.
But all of these things would not ever have been possible without your support.
So thank you.
What’s next for BikeGal.com? Good question! Well BikeGal is going to have a little holiday for a few weeks and come back fired up.
Due to lots of people asking, there is a plan to launch some BikeGal.com merchandise – probably cycling tops to start with and probably a small test run to see how they go, followed by a larger batch if there is interest.
These tops will look fantastic (of course!!), be predominantly white (so good to see at night or at dusk) with a donation included in the price to the Amy Gillett Foundation. So watch this space!
I can’t wait to see you on your bike in your BikeGal.com gear.