AustCycle and Logan PCYC are helping women get healthy and back on bikes through learn-to-ride programs funded under the Healthy Communities Initiative (HCI).
Candice Sullivan, youth worker and AustCycle Teacher at the PCYC, said three cycling courses had run in Logan so far, with the latest one operating out of the Logan Women’s Health Centre.
“Most of the women who came along were looking to get healthy,” Candice said. “But some had young children and wanted to learn so they could have the opportunity to ride with their kids“.
Steph Dunkley, the Health Centre’s fitball instructor, said feedback from the ladies was extremely positive, with one woman telling her the course was “absolutely fantastic”.
The PCYC currently provides bikes for each participant in the AustCycle courses, which seems to be proving a great success.
“A lot of people think they can’t come along to the course because they don’t have a bike,” Candice said. “But the bikes are provided so that this isn’t a barrier for anyone”.
Access to helmets has also been identified as a barrier for some participants, so AustCycle has given its Providers with ten sprint helmets to help with the delivery of programs in HCI regions. The aim of this is to increase helmet safety within the community, and to increase access to helmets for people who may not be able to purchase themselves one.
Candice said she hopes to distribute a few of these helmets to participants in her upcoming courses.
“I’m thinking we’ll probably pick the most improved person at the end of the session and reward them with a helmet, or maybe give one out each course to someone who is in desperate need of a new one,” she said.
Another course will hopefully be operating in the Logan area in October, and the PCYC is looking at having language translators present on this course to help them reach a wider segment on Logan’s culturally diverse population.
Course numbers are limited so if you want to get back on a bike in the Logan area, or know someone who would benefit from learning to cycle, contact Candice on (07) 3442 1700. To find out more about AustCycle visit the website http://www.austcycle.com.auor email firstname.lastname@example.org