Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

THE Over 55s Cy­cling Club is hop­ing to use Bike Week to en­cour­age more se­niors to get in­volved in the ac­tiv­ity.

The club is hold­ing 10km and 20km rides from Raphael Park in Vic­to­ria Park to­day from 9am.

With more than 350 mem­bers, the club holds rides around Perth, in­clud­ing from Vic­to­ria Park on Wed­nes­days.

Over 55s Cy­cling Club ad­vo­cacy vi­cepres­i­dent Bruce Robin­son said the club pro­moted fit­ness and en­joy­ment.

“It’s a com­bi­na­tion of a so­cial club and a cy­cling club; our ob­jec­tives are to cre­ate good fel­low­ship and to en­cour­age peo­ple to ride,” he said.

“We usu­ally ride in groups of around 10 and peo­ple ride in a speed that suits them, whether that is slow, medium or fast.”

Mr Robin­son said the aim of to­day’s event was to help make peo­ple com­fort­able about cy­cling on roads.

“We want to at­tract peo­ple who have a bike but don’t ride much,” he said.

“When you ride in a group, you have peo­ple to help you with punc­tures and you can also talk and so­cialise.

“A lot of peo­ple are ner­vous about rid­ing on roads but when you are with other peo­ple you can avoid the haz­ardous bits.

“There is ev­i­dence that rid­ing a bi­cy­cle is good for your phys­i­cal and men­tal health and the ben­e­fits out­weigh the risks 20 to 1.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d466757

Over 55 Cy­cling Club mem­bers.

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