Ridewise, the Nottingham based cycling charity have announced details of their first Cycling for All event, which takes place on March 15th. The event will see all ages and abilities trying out bikes, some for the first time. The project runs for the third year following its huge success in previous years.
The vision is to inspire more people to give cycling a go – be it for fun, health, or independence. Accredited instructors are on hand to help riders to build their confidence and learn cycling techniques in a relaxed, safe and informal setting. There is also the opportunity to join a guided ride along the River Trent for those with a bit more confidence.
The sessions take place every third Sunday of the month, right through to October. Participants have access to free bike try-outs, one-to-one training and advice and guidance from friendly instructors. They can also get free bicycle health checks.
Those with disabilities, people learning to ride for the first time or families practising to ride together are all catered for. A wide range of bikes will be available to try out including commuter bikes, fun and family bikes and specialist bicycles to accommodate different disability needs.
Martin Duckworth, who went along last year with his two boys aged 9 and 5 said, “The area in the Park and Ride site is coned off from traffic and completely safe, and the people there were really friendly. We tried out a number of the different bicycles they had there, and went on the led ride along the cycle paths away from any traffic. The boys loved it and got plenty of exercise. We now sometimes cycle to school together, for a mile and a half. We shall certainly go again.”
Daniel, aged 9, said “It was awesome. I liked all the different types of bikes you can try out.”
The event takes place at Queens Drive Park and Ride between 10am and 1pm. Hot and cold refreshments are provided by the Pulp Friction Smoothie Bar Project, a social enterprise who employ and support young people with learning disabilities.
For more information about Ridewise and Cycling for All visit www.ridewise.org.uk/cyclingforall