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Calling all female bikers

March 9, 2011

Too many authorities and members of the public associate bikers to nasty, dirty, ugly and impolite males when, in fact, bikers are just human beings like any others who happen to use motorised two (or three) wheelers as a mode of transport to get around. The image of bikers has always been quite bad although it has improved in the last few years, at least in France and the United Kingdom. On our way to work, whether in London or Paris, we come across many scooter riders wearing very smart office suits and well polished dark shoes, but also many other bike riders in leather suits and boots, as well as jeans, t-shirts and trainers, which demonstrates that all sorts of people make use of motorcycles in today’s society.

Whilst people from all walks of life ride motorcycles, a fair proportion of them are females, contrary to the belief of some uneducated morons who keep associating riders to males for no specific reason. We see more and more women riding scooters and motorbikes in France and the UK, although it is true that scooters are more popular among the ladies than motorbikes. Scooters allow ladies to wear their most sexy skirt and shoes whilst this type of clothing would make them feel rather uncomfortable on motorbikes for obvious reasons. Not to mention the advantage that scooters have over motorbikes when it rains, as they can accomodate leg covers to keep the bottom parts of your body warm and dry. But motorbikes are still the golden kings of motorcycling with many of us who enjoy reviving engines and showing off with the most powerful machines.

Well, almost 1,500 female bikers have recently been touring en masse the streets of Paris and Marseille to show the biking community that not all bikers are males and that women have a right to feel part of the motorcycling community. We say, damn right, well done, ladies! 900 female bikers took over the streets of the French capital and 500 those of Marseille, France’s third largest city, on 6th March 2011.

Anne and Annie decided to organise such a historical and amazing ride and invited all female bikers to participate. All “rideresses” were given pink balloons to attach to their bike for the ride to remind everyone that they are female bikers with the same rights as their male counterparts. A similar ride was organised in Paris by Anne and Annie last year, but this year, the event also took place in Marseille. We have heard that other French cities may see a similar event taking place next year. Perhaps a group of UK “rideresses” may want to cross the Channel and join the convoy next year to support their French female counterparts?

We now leave with you with a nice and short video of this amazing and incredible event for you to enjoy and many congratulations to all female bikers!


If you’re based in France and want to take part of the fight against the Government’s proposed introduction of a compulsory annual environmental and road safety test for motorcycles and their continued policy to ban motorcyclists from filtering through traffic, then contact the Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC – French Federation of Angry Bikers).

Si vous habitez en France et souhaitez participer aux manifestations contre la proposition du gouvernement d’introduire un controle technique pour les 2 roues motorises ansi que de continuer a empecher la circulation inter files pour les motocyclistes dans les embouteillages, contactez la Fédération Française des Motards en Colère (FFMC).


Please join and support the campaign to stop Westminster Council from stealth taxing motorcyclists to park before their scheme spreads all over the UK and the rest of Europe. For further details, visit

Rejoignez le groupe de manifestants contre le stationnement payant des motocyclistes a Westminster avant que cela ne se propage dans le reste du Royaume-Uni et l’Union Europeenne. Pour plus d’informations, consultez


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Si vous avez une experience a partager et que vous souhaiteriez voir publiee sur UK France, n’hesitez pas a nous contacter en cliquant ici.

One Comment
  1. Loads of French birds in leather….I’ll go!!!!

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