Encouraging women to get on bikes
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.
Joanna Whitney is taking part in the She Rides program.