Pedal power promotion aiming to boost fitness
6:40pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
CYCLISTS in Swindon are taking part in a national campaign to get even more people on two wheels.
Swindon Council is hosting British Cycling ride leader training later this month with the aim of inspiring the community to take up cycling.
It comes after the council launched its Tri-Active project this summer, which aims to increase participation in running, swimming and cycling among residents in Park North, Park South, Pinehurst, Penhill, Walcot and Broadgreen.
The British Cycling sessions will be held at Dorcan Recreation Complex on Saturday, October 19 and Saturday, October 26. The assessed one-day course qualifies the cycle leader to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.
As part of the Tri-Active project the council, in partnership with British Cycling, will also host Sky Ride local rides next year, guided by British Cycling ride leaders along scenic planned routes.
Councillor Keith Williams, cabinet member for highways, strategic transport and leisure, said: “Cycling is an excellent way to stay fit, save money and avoid busy roads by using Swindon’s extensive cycle network.
“These courses are one of the activities the council is promoting to introduce more people to the joy of cycling and I would like to thank the enthusiastic cyclists who have put themselves forward to share their passion with others.”
Places for the ride leader training are almost full, but if you are interested email Ben Humphrey at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 465404.
The Tri-Active project will be discussed at the Swindon Bicycle Users Group’s network event on Tuesday at Broadgreen Community Centre, Salisbury Street, between 5.30pm and 8.30pm.
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