Belfast named top city for female bikers

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Published on 8 April 2019 by Mike Waters

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Filed under Category: The world of motorcycling

Research by motorcycle insurers Carole Nash has revealed that Belfast is the “female biking capital of the United Kingdom”.

With 16% of Belfast’s bikers being female, ahead of Edinburgh’s 11% and London’s 8%, the Northern Irish capital has more female bikers than anywhere else in the UK by far. The current national average percentage of female bikers is 6%, meaning Belfast betters the national average more than two and a half times over.

Meanwhile, Newcastle and Liverpool were right at the bottom of the ranking of major cities and both only saw a meagre 3% of their bikers being female. Leicester, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester managed 4%, while Sheffield, Coventry, Stoke-on-Trent and Hull reached 5%. Of the national capitals, only Cardiff did not beat the national average and equalled it with 6%.

Commenting, Carole Nash’s Rebecca Donahue said: “It is great to see women in the UK participating in motorcycling, particularly in Belfast. Biking brings many benefits, from time-saving to general health and wellbeing, and it’s also a great way to get out and meet new people at club meets and events – being part of the biking community.

“Finding that capital cities are a prime spot for female bikers is an interesting discovery. It seems as though commuting is a major factor for women as they are using motorcycles for the ease and convenience of navigating around the busiest cities, rather than purely as a lifestyle choice or as a hobby.”

To find out more about Britain’s female bikers, who they are and why they ride, click here.

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