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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Pre-schoolers in Lismore learn to ride for the first time

Bike riding in Lismore is taking off, with both adults and kids reaping the benefits of cycle training from AustCycle Provider Just Ride Cycles. Even pre-schoolers in the region aren’t missing out, with two groups going through just last week.

Rachel Sipple, accredited Teacher and owner of Just Ride Cycles, said some of the kids had never been on a bike before but seemed to be progressing nicely.

“I think they had a lot of fun. We did a lot of basic skills like can you ride between two cones, can you take a hand off and hover it over the handlebars”.

“It’s different when you come down from teaching adults to pre-school kids because they learn through songs and games and you have to take it right down to basics”.

“Instead of saying put your left foot or right foot down we just say put any foot down. And we played games to identify the parts of the bikes”.

“They were so excited. One girl even had a princes helmet and a princess skirt on to ride”.

Rachel also works with a lot of adults in the Lismore region, helping them improve their confidence and skills both in traffic and traffic free areas, as well as running social rides for women, which she says is very popular.

“There are no road bikes on the social rides which really makes it different. There are just recreational riders and they turn up every week and do a two hour ride and then we sit down and have a cup of coffee”.

“There is also no competition, we ride to the slowest rider. If people want to go fast I’ll ride with them a separate time”.

If you live in the Lismore region and would like to get back on a bike or join in some weekly social riding, contact Rachel on 0418 150 217. 

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