Birmingham-based professional photographer Alison Baskerville has been documenting the experiences of women and non-binary individuals with an enthusiasm for cycling.
” I wished to create a piece of work which expresses how the series of biking we access is so varied – from those who cycle around a park to those who strive to be part of cycling clubs and complete,” she says.
” Cycling is a lot more than just exercise, there is an element of flexibility when riding a bike.”
Louise Byng says: “My bike was garage-bound for about seven years after I graduated from university in Bournemouth.
” I switched studying and daily biking adventures with task searching and long public transportation commutes into Birmingham.
” After such a long hiatus, choosing to get back on my bike has been a liberating and frightening action, especially as I was frightened by the rate of the city streets and the physique, equipment and market of what I viewed a ‘bicyclist’ to be.”
Roz McGuigan states: “I have no recollection of discovering to ride a bike.
” Bikes have actually always been in my life, from a young age cycling with my parents to being a mum securing my own kids.
” In 2012, I was offered the chance to train as a Cytech [training and accreditation scheme for bicycle technicians] mechanic.
” Financing came as part of the [London] Olympic legacy and British Cycling was trying to get more women included.
” As I have actually always fixed my own bikes, I felt great to register.”
Pauline Roche states: “I grew up in a village in the west of Ireland and there were extremely couple of options for transport.
” I got the bus however they may only run twice a day, if we were fortunate.
” When I got my first task in Galway, I bought a 10- speed racer and I loved it. It was purple. I was 22 then and had actually just vacated my parents’ home. I went everywhere on my bike – it was such liberty.
” In 1984, I moved to Birmingham and the roadways seemed more harmful here, so I chose not to cycle.
” On the 15 March 1988, I was run over by a bus in Kings Heath. I had multiple fractures on my ankle, knee and elbow. I invested three months in health center having operations and getting skin grafts.
” Just one leg is damaged. I just learned to kind of cope with it. I do not talk about it. I’m a very positive person. I just attempt and take pleasure in everything and do as much as I can.
” I can only cycle using one leg at the moment, so my bike has actually not had the most utilize.
” I like being in the open air. Being on a bike you’re getting somewhere and you’re doing something like shopping, going to work, school, pal’s, parties – cycling for me is flexibility.”
Danni Ebanks-Ingram who determines as non-binary says: “My papa purchased me my very first bike after seeing my good friend and I switch turns on theirs each weekend.
” I never had stabilisers, which meant I had my reasonable share of cut knees and sprained ankles, but more than anything I had fun.
” Biking actually reminds me of being a kid on my nan and granddad’s road, fluctuating with my pals, going down to the park, to buy sugary foods and having what seemed like this nonstop freedom.
” There’s a hill that joins my nan and granddad’s road to my papa’s.
” That hill made me love cycling – a little pedalling, then momentum.”
Immy Kaur states: “The last time I rode my bike was when I was a teen, my friend Andy got me into riding.
” I naively signed up to my very first 100- miler on the very first Velo Birmingham occasion therefore began the journey.
” Given that then, I’ve cycled countless miles, sold my automobile and got all the kids in my household cycling. I really like it.
” It has actually been transformative for my physical and psychological health. Ultimately, for me, it’s about cleaner air, reclaiming the area personal use cars have actually stolen and lots of coffee, cake and new good friends.”
Saheli Hub has actually taught more than 1,000 women to cycle, in free female-only lessons in three parks, in partnership with The Active Wellbeing Society, Big Birmingham Bikes, Cycling UK and Active Parks.
Haseena Akhtar states: “Being on my bike brings back teenage memories of biking to work, travelling along a canal-side with my buddy.
” It was my type of independence before I began to drive.
” I got back into cycling after a long period of time and understood how much I missed out on the wind in my hijab, and the burning experience of muscle tiredness.”
All Pictures copyright Alison Baskerville
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