Welna Bowden

Welna Bowden is CTC Councillor for the North West
Welna Bowden, CTC Councillor for the North West
Welna Bowden is CTC Councillor for the North West region and is also on Awards and Recruitment Committee.

Firstly, a huge thank you from me for electing me from 2010 – 2012 as one of the CTC North West Councillors. It has been a steep learning curve! In the last three years, CTC moved to charity status and being the overwhelming VOICE for cyclists in the UK. 

I was one of only two women on CTC National Council from 2010 to 2011 and the only female councillor during 2012. I brought different perspectives to CTC decisions and broadened representation. 

During my term I kept in touch with members through emails and the CTC Facebook page for the North West, which I have set up and which is regularly used by cycling groups and other CTC members. Here we share news, events, experiences and interesting cycling articles. In addition to Council meetings, I am also a member of the Management committee as well as the Member Group committee.

I have a Masters degree in Human Resource Management and supported CTC office with senior appointments. I also have an Advanced Diploma in Labour Law.

I work for the Local Government Association which is the national voice for local government, supporting local authorities to improve services, so I am well placed to encourage contact between local government on a national level and the CTC.

My cycling ​vision…

Is undoubtedly creating a safe cycling environment for all where cycling is a lifestyle choice (not just for recreation and fitness), like our Dutch neighbours. The CTC has strong support from ‘The Times’ cycling campaign and other cycling bodies to make this happen, so we need to build on the momentum.

Excellent work is done by the CTC through Bike Club but more can be done to ensure young people continue to cycle during their secondary school years, especially girls. I would like to see more CTC student membership in local schools, colleges and universities. After all, the youth of today is the CTC’s future membership! My teenage daughter has just completed her GCSEs so I understand the peer challenges that teenagers face.

I have been promoting equality within our cycling environment to make cycling accessible for women, disabled cyclists, minority group cyclists and young people, to name but a few. I have been promoting accessible cycling motions at the last two AGMs; both were carried.

Cycling ex​ploits

In the last three years, I've been cycling with several women’s groups in the North West apart from my own local club. In 2010, I completed the challenging Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride covering 1,100 miles in 15 days. More recently, I cycled from Basel along the Rhine back to Rotterdam, using the wonderful EuroVelo 15 route. My husband and I covered more than 700 miles during the 13 days on our bikes. Which brings me to my family – my husband is a keen cyclist, doing both commuting to work, leisure cycling with me as well as club rides. Having full support at home for the North West Councillor role makes a big difference! 

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