Ayrshire’s Active Travel Hubs are celebrating the huge success of their recent Women’s Virtual Cycle Festival.

The annual Ayrshire Women’s cycle festival, which attracts hundreds of women each year, had to be cancelled due to COVID-19 but the Active Travel Hub teams based in Ayr, Irvine and Kilmarnock quickly sprang into action to organise a free virtual festival.

Over 200 people from 26 countries took part in the exciting programme of events, which included live webinars about the amazing adventures women have undertaken by bike across the world. The team also held a mini film festival featuring nine uplifting films of women who are passionate about cycling.

Councillor Jim Roberts, East Ayrshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy and Infrastructure, said: “I am delighted for the team that their hard work and ingenuity paid off. Women from 26 countries participated in the festival, which had a very varied programme.

“From women talking about dodging bears and snakes in America, to the freedom that cycling brought to the women of Afghanistan and closer to home women spoke to the importance of cycling for travel and leisure.”