Tasmanian residents have been benefiting from cycle training lately, thanks to AustCycle Teacher Andy Boote of Booteyful Ideas, who has been helping community groups and families get back on their bikes.
The most recent AustCycle courses were held in Oatlands and Bothwell and were funded by the Australian government, making them free for local residents to attend.
Participants were led through a series of bike handling and safety skills, including conducting a basic bike check, braking safely in different conditions and choosing the right gears.
Andy said teaching the courses was a very rewarding experience for him as he could see the improvement in participants.
“It was especially fantastic to see one participant who could not ride at all manage to pedal 20 metres unassisted,” he told AustCycle.
Andy has also been working closely with the St Michaels Association in Launceston, helping to run a ‘Cycle 4 All’ program to give people with mental and intellectual disabilities the relevant skills to use a bicycle as a means of transport.
Participants were taught basic cycling skills, route mapping/planning, trail riding and group riding, finishing with a 9 kilometre ride from the St Michaels campus to the Tailrace Park, Riverside.
And, St Michaels Project Manager Rod Campbell said the program was a great success.
“We are extremely happy with how the Cycle 4 All program came together and proud of the participants. Some had never been to a gym or on a bicycle let alone being able to ride 9 km!”
“Some of the participants have now gone on to buying their own bicycles and using them as a means of transport, this is a tremendous outcome for the program and demonstrates that anyone can be taught to ride and use a bicycle as a means of transport with the right approach and equipment”.
Cycling is a great way to improve your health and fitness, meet new people and discover the recreational trails in your local area. It is also the perfect way to commute to work or get to the local shops.
If you live in the Glenorchy, Central Highlands or Launceston regions and are interested in improving your bike skills, call Andy on 0447 766 684 to book in a session today.