Women in Western Australia have been enjoying the benefits of AustCycle training, getting back on their bikes with skill and confidence.
Run by AustCycle Teachers Elizabeth McSweeney and Siggi Miller, the free course was funded by the City of Belmont and ran for six weeks. The course covered everything from road safety to traffic awareness to bike maintenance, finishing up with social rides so the women could practice the skills they had learned.
Sharon Mukwada, one of the ladies who attended the course, told Cycling WA that she was thrilled when she found out there was a course being offered in her town and said she has improved her skills greatly.
“The course was fun and exciting; the instructors were patient, innovative and encouraging. They worked with me to start with on the grass as they knew I was afraid of falling”.
“In 3 weeks I was able to balance on the bike and I went out to buy a bike so I could practice more. I was so excited to move onto the paves surfaces and I didn’t fall!”
“The instructors made me feel proud of myself, they also kept challenging me. I would like to encourage all ladies out there to get out and ride”.
AustCycle Teacher Siggi Miller said she was particularly proud of Sharon’s efforts.
“Sharon was a star student, a real trooper. She persevered and kept trying to get both feet on those pedals again and again. When she finally mastered it the look on her face was priceless, we were all so proud of here”.