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Monday, 3 September 2012

Spokesabout gets the Fraser Coast community back on their bikes!

AustCycle Provider Spokesabout has been helping Fraser Coast residents get healthy and fit through learn to ride cycling programs.

Accredited Teachers Michelle and Luke Lennard run the cycling courses, which are designed to both get people back on bikes and increase the skills of existing riders. The courses cover bike and helmet safety, correct braking techniques, gear selection, riding in traffic etiquette and basic bike maintenance.

The AustCycle program is part of the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s Live Life Healthy Initiative, which aims to improve the health of residents in the area. It is funded by the Australian Government and allows Fraser Coast residents to learn new cycling skills for only $5 a course.

Recently, Spokesabout has been visiting local hotspots in Hervey Bay offering residents quick bike fits.

“With wind sprinter, tool case and AustCycle brochures, we set ourselves up and within ten minutes we were surrounded by nine bikes and about 15 people,” Michelle said. “We were a bit humbled by our audience as well as the enthusiasm of people to find out about the correct fit on their bikes”.

“Two hours later there were nine happy bike riders gathering themselves for a ride along the bike paths to test out their newly fitted steads,” she added.

A recent Seniors Expo in Hervey Bay also proved successful in promoting AustCycle to the community.

“We made contact with some very interested residents of a local 50+ residential living complex,” Lennard said. “They want us to visit and run some AustCycle courses to assist them with gaining the confidence to ride from their complex along the road so they can safely connect with the bike paths nearby”.

Spokesabout is also currently offering participants who register and complete a beginner or intermediate AustCycle course before the end of September the chance to go in the draw to win one of three new Amy Gillett Foundation endorsed sprint helmets.

To qualify for the programs a person must be over 18 years of age, a retiree, pensioner, part-time or casual employee, or someone who is unemployed.

If you want to regain your confidence on a bike call Michelle or Luke today on 0499 102 724. Places are limited so get in fast! 

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