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Wednesday, 22 April  2009  Girls on the Move

Visit a club especially for women who love to ride motorbikes.


DENE NASH-BASNETT: I'm an instructor with Stay Upright, and I was noticing the increase of women coming through to do their L's, and at the end of the course they'd say "What now, Dene? Where do I go? Who do I ride with?"

So I noted a gap and I came across Girls Ride Out in Sydney and asked could I set up a chapter down here and I modelled it off their programs

Before we start off on a ride, we mention to everyone to keep to the speed limit, and also mention to do their buffering, cornering, to enter wide, exit tight. We go over a bit of the stuff that Stay Upright teach as well.

What's been quite amazing, with watching this grow, not just only with their skills development with riding, but also it's really become quite a community, you know, life happens, and have called on girls within the group, and they support each other in that way as well.

And there's a focus on supporting those new riders coming in. We spend time chatting to find out what areas they're wanting to improve on.

We're not a training school, but we give that emotional support and pass on experience to people, but we're also very keen to keep women actually going out there and training, because it's a progressive training, and you never stop developing your skills for motorcycling.

LYNNE: Girls on the Move is just fantastic. It just provides the support that you don't necessarily get when you're with the guys. The guys are just out there, they just want to get the testosterone going and go fast. Whereas the girls want to take it a little bit sort of easier, learn the skills, and Girls on the Move are fantastic for that support.

DANIELLE: I'm a mum with 4 kids and it just provides a tremendous escape for me where I can get out there on the road and not have to think about any of them and I just love it. People still do have disbelief that women can get out there and they can ride.

AMELIA: This is my first group ride and it's great. It's really fun. It's nice to have someone to ring up and see if they want to come out with you, so you don't have to go on your own.

MARGIE: My partner is a rider, and so I was a pillion rider. And I just got to the stage that I needed to do it myself, I needed to be out there in front and have a bit of control. And that's what I did.

Because of the women side of things, it's not an intimidating structure, and it's really supportive and it's really good.

MELINDA: I like the freedom on it, and basically there used to be this stereotype type that it was only something that boys can do. But it's not. It's something that girls can do as well. Love it.

DENE NASH-BASNETT: I think we just keep enjoying ourselves, that's the main thing. It's about enjoying yourself, enjoying your ride, developing your skills and the more skills you develop, the better the ride.



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Stay Upright
Stay Upright is a motorcycle training organisation. It teaches people to ride motorbikes safely.

L's
Lís means learnerís permit for driving. When youíre learning to drive or ride a motorbike, you need to display L-plates.
P's or P-plates are displayed by people who have earned a probationary licence, which is the type of licence you have for the first year of driving or riding.


set up
establish

Example: I want to set up a new business.
For more about the phrasal verb set up, follow the link.
more information: set up

chapter
A chapter is a local branch of a society or club.

support
take care of

pillion rider
A pillion rider is someone who sits behind the rider on a motorbike. Pillion riders sit on the seat at the back.


stereotype
A stereotype is a typical picture or fixed idea of something. When most people think of people riding big motorbikes, they think of men doing it.
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