Free Bike Riding Classes For Pune Women
If you think Royal Enfield’s Bullet is way too masculine for women to ride, then a Pune-based women’s group is all set to prove you wrong. Women Wonderful is a group that is all set to organize Bullet bike-riding classes for women in the city, that too for free.
“There are many women who wish to learn to ride a Bullet, but either did not get time to pursue it or dropped the idea thinking it was out of their league. I think this workshop will motivate them. Also, I feel that in the process of taking care of the family, the home and a job, we miss out on doing small things that make us happy. This is one thing that women will do for their own sake,” Rani Wilfred, founder of the group, told Pune Mirror.
The classes will start from October 22. To register, one needs to be older than 18 years of age. The group has already received over 25 entries to join and is still getting calls. The classes will happen in Pune but the registration is open for all across the country.
One of the entrants of the first batch, Radhika Bagdai (38), a spoken word storyteller, said that she wanted to learn to ride a bike for long but was afraid.
“Thirty years ago, my husband and brother-in-law had a Bullet and I craved to learn to ride it. But responsibilities like bringing up kids and taking care of the family took precedence over bike-riding,” Harshada Thakur
“My biggest motivation to learn riding is my husband, a passionate rider himself. I’ve been thinking of learning, but I was too afraid. It’s time I got over the fear. After all, women have the ability to carry a child for nine months. So riding a bike shouldn’t be all that difficult,” she said.
Another applicant, 57-year-old, Harshada Thakur, believes that age is just a number. And that both age and gender should not define what one can do.
“Thirty years ago, my husband and brother-in-law had a Bullet and I craved to learn to ride it. But responsibilities like bringing up kids and taking care of the family took precedence over bike-riding,” said Thakur.
Wilfred is hiring a professional to teach the women to ride.
“Even in the modern day and age, women riding a bike are still less feminine. Also, often people assume that a Bullet is beyond a woman’s capacity. I wish to break this belief once and for all,” she added.
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