Free family cycle rides throughout the summer
June 06, 2012
Cyclists young and old can get on their bikes this summer at training courses in Wokingham.
Supervised family cycle rides, as well as training courses for children and lessons for residents aged 50 and over, will be running throughout the summer.
Free family rides will be held on Saturday mornings from 10am to midday from June 30 until September 8.
The rides will start and finish at the Dragonfly Café at Dinton Pastures Country Park, Davis Street, Hurst.
They are aimed at the inexperienced cyclist and will be led by the council’s trained ride leaders. Each ride will go at a gentle pace, so that no one gets left behind.
There will be a choice of routes, starting with short easy rides but with the chance to progress to longer routes.
Children should be aged eight years or over, must be accompanied by an adult and must wear a cycle helmet.
The rides are free but the road safety team asks that customers book a place so that they have an idea of numbers.
To book a place, contact Jill Bissell, cycle training co-ordinator on (0118) 908 8208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The cycling lessons for over 50s are part of the SHINE scheme to promote healthy exercise.
These lessons will be run off-road in local parks; on Tuesday, June 12, from 2pm to 4pm at Cantley Park, Wokingham, Wednesday, July 4, from 10am to midday at Chalfont Park, Lower Earley, and Friday, August 17, from 10am to midday at Woodford Park, Woodley.
Jill Bissell, cycle training co-ordinator, said: “Many people have not ridden a bike for several years and have lost their confidence.
“Through the family rides and over 50s sessions we hope to get people to try cycling again and rediscover the fun and freedom that cycling offers whilst ensuring they stay safe on the roads.”