Hello! Welcome to Everyday Superpowers! We are a Lancaster-based network of transgender people, non binary people and allied women who use (or would like to use) cycles as part of our everyday doings. (See below for a note on terminology if some of these words are new to you.)
We want to acknowledge the skill and hard work that goes into doing the grocery shopping, pulling off a successful school run, commuting under your own power, or even just repeatedly getting in the saddle when policies, infrastructure and retail don’t really see you. We’re here to support you in using cycles – whatever that looks like for you.
We’re currently running a pilot series of activities to explore what’s possible and also to develop the support networks and collective strengths at the core of our community.
Feel free to contact us, if you’d like to say “hi”. You can also follow along with progress on the Everyday Superpowers Instagram account and/or join the mailing list to be kept updated with what we’re up to.
Everyday Superpowers is co-ordinated by Nikki Pugh (she/her), an artist based at the Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Art (LICA) and Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe) at Lancaster University, and forms part of her PhD research. Nikki is also trained as a cycle mechanic to Cytech Level 2.
A cisgender person is one who identifies with the sex they were assigned at birth, whereas for transgender people their gender is not the same as, or does not sit comfortably with, the sex they were assigned at birth.
For non-binary people their gender does not sit comfortably with conventions of either ‘man’ or ‘woman’.
Intersex people may have the biological attributes of both sexes or biological attributes that do not fit with societal assumptions about what constitutes male or female.
We recognise gender as being a spectrum, and identities and terminology as being variable and complex. If you recognise yourself as being someone who is excluded from systems of cisgender male privilege then you’ll probably fit in here. Get in touch if you’re not sure.
If you’re a cisgender woman, particularly if you’re also white, we ask that you are mindful of the privilege you hold too and we ask for you to get involved with Everyday Superpowers only if you work to be an ally to everyone else in our community. Transphobes are not welcome. See our code of conduct for more information on our expectations for acceptable behaviour.
The name Everyday Superpowers has been zestfully lifted from the opening pages of Tiffany Lam‘s zine Mind the Gender Gap, which in turn references a programme run in 2014 by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.