Cycling to confidence and cleaner air

Group rides on the bikeway.

Both Tracey Wyatt from Bike On and Vivien Griffin from Zero Emissions Noosa (ZEN) are urging Noosa Council to consider funding further cycling workshops after the success of recent ones and to help reach the shire’s goal of zero carbon emissions by 2026.

Encouraging more people into cycling and away from vehicles is cornerstone to ZEN meeting these objectives and why they initially sought grants from Noosa Council for the workshops.Last week Bike On delivered the second instalment of Free Cycling Workshops to Noosa families and beginner riders with registrations open for the final workshop in the series Basic Bike Maintenance on Saturday 12 October.

The 1.5hr Cycling Workshops held at Girraween Sports Complex have been aimed at local residents who need that final bit of motivation to ride their bikes more frequently and with improved confidence.

The first one in July delivered basic cycle skills with the aim of improving riding confidence. A challenging course was set by the experienced Instructors from Bike On and participants had to use their newly acquired skills including braking technique, body positioning and gear changing to navigate the obstacles.

Last week in the second workshop participants aged from 6 to over 60 years rode a 7km beginner loop ride starting and finishing at the Girraween Sports Complex. For many participants it was the first time they had explored the cycle path that leads through Noosa Springs over Monks Bridge, through the underpass at Eenie Creek Rd and accross to the Noosa AFL grounds.The final Cycling Workshop for 2019 will be a Basic Bike Maintenance Workshop aimed at teaching basic bike maintenance required to become a regular rider. Participants will get their hands dirty changing flat tyres and adjusting gears and brakes at the hands-on workshop to be held by Bike On’s senior mechanic Justin Wyatt.Workshop participants have said the workshops have changed their behaviour and encouraged them to ride their bikes more frequently.

For more information phone 5474 3322, email info@bikeon.com.au or visit www.bikeon.com.au

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