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Bike Skills Training program starts this weekend

29 November, 2013

Bike Skills Training program starts this weekend
Residents are being encouraged to get on their bikes and participate in Brisbane City Council’s new Bike Skills program.

The free training course will be delivered in conjunction with Activ Cycle Coaching, Cycle Away, Jodie Willett and Kirsty Broun Cycling.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said the free training sessions would provide participants with the skills and knowledge to ride safely to work, in and around their local community and for recreation.

“The courses, to be offered at a variety of locations across Brisbane, are aimed at adults who are want to rediscover the joy of cycling or for those wanting to boost their confidence cycling in traffic for their commute to work by bike,” Cr Quirk said.

“The Back on your Bike course, which provides a refresher of the basics such as using gears and avoiding falls, is designed for those who haven’t cycled in a while.

Cr Quirk said a Cycling in Traffic course would also be offered for more experienced cyclists who wished to increase their confidence riding on-road.

“This course will cover trickier points such as navigating roundabouts and emergency stopping,” he said.

“Residents who do not own or have access to a bike can still participate in our bike skills session held in the inner city.

“We will be holding a number of bike skills sessions in the inner city, where participants have the choice of bringing their own bike or using a CityCycle.”

“Following these sessions, participants the opportunity to subscribe to CityCycle at a discounted cost.”

“It is hoped these courses will enable more residents to enjoy the city’s ever-expanding network of bikeways.”

“Promoting cycling and walking is part of Council’s plan to reduce congestion, encourage green, healthy and active travel, and keep the city moving.

“This investment of $25,000 through the Bike Skills program will go a long way to encouraging our city’s residents to get on their bikes.”

For location and dates of the Bike Skills courses or more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.

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