5 December 2017
Let’s Go Whanganui is introducing a new programme to encourage Whanganui residents to get back on their bikes this summer.
Back to Bikes will run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 11.00am during December. It is aimed at everyone who wants to improve their cycling confidence or feels they don’t get out on their bike enough.
The free programme is supported by Let’s Go – a Whanganui District Council-led initiative to promote walking, cycling and scootering as popular and safe travel choices.
Funding for the programme comes from ACC, with $10,000 allocated to the Council this financial year for cycle education targeting teenagers and adults. Let’s Go has contracted the Whanganui Multisport Club to deliver the programme.
Back to Bikes adds to an existing cycling education programme for primary school students, held on school grounds or dedicated cycling tracks, which continues with riders venturing out onto quiet Whanganui streets to improve on their basic cycling skills and road safety knowledge.
Whanganui District Council’s Active Transport Facilitator Norman Gruebsch says he is delighted with the additional funding from ACC. “Cycling is an important life-skill, like swimming. With the continuing work on shared pathways in Whanganui, there’s even more reason for cycling in our city and district,” Mr Gruebsch says.
Each Back to Bikes outing includes a 45-minute ride, starting from The River Traders – Whanganui’s Market by the River car park (next to the Whanganui River shared pathway), followed by some time for socialising with other riders at Mud Ducks Café and a complimentary coffee.
Whanganui Multisport Club co-ordinator for Let’s Go, Greg Fromont, says “We have had a lot of success with our school programmes, but we aren’t seeing enough adults out on their bikes. Biking is a great way to get around, exercise and meet people. I would love to see more people getting back on their bikes.”
There is a maximum of 10 people per group and you must bring your own bike and helmet. You can either register or just turn up. For more information or to register, go to the Let’s Go Whanganui website: http://letsgowhanganui.org.nz or text Nicola (021 2970631) or Emma (021 08186660).