Free classes help people get on their bikes

Free classes help people get on their bikes

For anyone who got a new bike for Christmas or made a New Year’s resolution to get back in the saddle, the City’s free summer bike courses at Sydney Park are just in time.

The popular half-day classes are open to kids, adults, seniors, rookies or regular bikers and have all the safety tips and traffic skills people of all ages need to get from A to B safely.

“As we connect up Sydney’s bicycle network, more people are getting on their bikes and we want to make sure they do it safely,” Lord Mayor Clover Moore said.

“Riding a bike is a fabulous way to get fit and explore your neighbourhood, but it’s important riders do it safely and courteously.”

The City’s popular Cycling in the City lessons help regular riders increase their confidence and make the most of the growing bike network.

People of all ages and fitness levels are invited to learn how to keep their two-wheeled mounts in mint condition with the Bike Care and Maintenance course.

The City will also host a new, parent-friendly school holiday course teaching mums and dads and carers how to ride with kids, with skills and drills for two age groups, children aged seven to nine, and older kids 10-12.

Expert instructors have conducted more than 300 confidence skills and maintenance classes for over 3,500 bike riders at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre in the past four years.

“The resurgence we’ve seen in cycling is phenomenal,” said Patrick Jones from BikeWise.

“We’re here to help bike riders become more skilled and courteous on the road and we’re getting dozens of people who haven’t ridden a bike in years keen to get back out there and ride again.

“Our new parents’ and kids’ courses are a great way for the whole family to brush up on riding skills and everyone who signs up always learns something.

“It’s always great to hear back from excited graduates who now have the faith to ride in traffic, and get friendly waves from drivers because they’re doing it well.”

Courses at the Sydney Park Cycling Centre and Green Square are free, but spaces fill up fast:

  • Bike Care and Maintenance: Monday and Wednesday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays;
  • Cycling in the City: Saturdays and Sundays; and
  • Parent and Child: Tuesday 22 January.

For more information or to bool, click here

Five reasons to ride a bike this summer:

  • Health: riding is great exercise while you travel and you don’t have to be fit to start;
  • Save money: riding is free once you are set up;
  • Have fun and meet friends: riding is a great way to meet new people and discover new places;
  • Save time: riding helps you avoid traffic jams and public transport queues; and
  • Help the environment: riding is a zero-emission transport choice.

For more information, contact City of Sydney Senior Media Adviser Maya Catsanis, phone 0409 045 425 or email mcatsanis@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Jonathon Larkin 0477 310 149 or email jlarkin@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

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