En­cour­ag­ing women to get on bikes

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Sport -

WOMEN cy­clists are be­ing en­cour­aged to get on their bike, hit the road and feel con­fi­dent in their rid­ing abil­ity.

Cy­cling Australia has in­tro­duced a new ini­tia­tive ti­tled the She Rides pro­gram, which is be­ing rolled out in 40 lo­ca­tions across Australia, start­ing with Ar­madale, next month,

The pro­gram helps women re­gain rid­ing skills, im­prove their fit­ness and cre­ate a so­cial net­work of friends in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

It will be of­fered in two for­mats: a road/traf­fic pro­gram and a moun­tain bike pro­gram.

Martin res­i­dent Joanna Whit­ney has signed up to the pro­gram to help her feel safe on the road again and build on her cy­cling skills.

“I was look­ing to im­prove my fit­ness, but also to join a so­cial group for in­spi­ra­tion and en­cour­age­ment,” she said.

“I toured around Paris on a bike and it was a lot of fun; it feels so much safer in a group than as a sin­gle per­son.”

The pro­gram caters for all rid­ing abil­i­ties, with She Rides Ba­sics for begin­ners, She Rides Con­fi­dence for women who have rid­ing skills, but want to par­tic­i­pate for fit­ness and She Rides To­gether to im­prove fit­ness and ad­vance rid­ing skills.

Each of the pro­grams will have no more than 18 par­tic­i­pants and two lead­ers.

Cy­cling Australia chief ex­ec­u­tive Nick Green said the She Rides pro­gram was a prod­uct of Cy­cling Australia’s vi­sion to cre­ate a na­tional com­mu­nity of women who ride. For more in­for­ma­tion on how to join the pro­gram in Ar­madale visit www.sherides.com.au.

Pic­ture: Marcelo Pala­cios

Joanna Whit­ney is tak­ing part in the She Rides pro­gram.

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