The main goal of the Girls Bike Club is to establish and run a club for young women focused on training, empowerment, rights of young girls and self-defence. We would also like to use this opportunity to learn more about the needs of young women to help better design projects and ensure they are included in the urban development of Lagos.
It was four straight weekends of learning, fun, excitement and nonstop action at the first edition of the Girls Bike Club held on Wesley Street, Lagos Island and which ran from Feb 22 to March 14. The initiative, a female empowerment programme under LUDI's Urban Mobility Project, is designed for girls between ages 10 and 16, and it features training on bicycle riding and self-defence delivered by professional cyclists and self-defence instructor. Though initially planned for 15 participants, the first edition of the initiative had over 30 in attendance with an average attendance of 17 girls per session/ weekend. At the end of the four-weekend training, certificates of attendance were issued to participants that were consistent all through the four weekends in a colourful graduation ceremony. The idea is to have several rounds of the training until the initiative becomes an established girls bike club on Lagos Island and even in other communities in the state. However, subsequent editions have been suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak until the situation improves and it is safe enough to continue. The initiative is a collaborative effort of the Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Bikaholics and LUDI with bikes provided by Awabike, Lagos.