Cyclists in Swindon are taking part in a national campaign to get even more people onto two wheels.
Swindon Borough Council is hosting British Cycling Ride Leader training with the aim of inspiring the local community to take up cycling.
It comes after the Council launched its Tri-Active project during the 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 Ride Leader sessions are being run by British Cycling and will be held at Dorcan Recreation Complex on Saturday, 19 October 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. It is hoped that those who complete the course will get involved in the Tri-Active project and encourage people to get on their bikes.
As part of the Tri-Active project, Swindon Borough Council, in partnership with British Cycling, will also host Sky Ride Local rides next year, which are guided by friendly British Cycling Ride Leaders along scenic planned routes.
The rides are aimed at different levels, from those looking to building their confidence on a bike to those looking for a challenge.
Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s 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 are 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.”
Jo-Anne Downing, Recreation Manager for British Cycling, said: “Sky Ride Local is a programme of free guided bike rides for the community, on scenic routes planned by local people. With three different levels these fun and friendly rides offer something for everybody so whether you’re new to cycling or building up your confidence you’ll be on safe routes and in good company!
“Sky Ride Local fits perfectly with the aims of the Tri-Active project and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Swindon Borough Council to get more residents more active, more often.”
Places for the Ride Leader training are almost full up but if you are interested in how to become a Ride Leader please email Ben Humphrey at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01793 465404.
If you would like to find out more about the Tri-Active event and get involved in helping to influence cycling provision for the future in Swindon along with finding out about other cycling initiatives and events in the borough please email: email@example.com