Bike rides and workshops for all to enjoy!
  • Tuesday 11 August 2009

It’s cycling heaven on the Sunshine Coast with TravelSmart Sunshine Coast’s community bike rides and workshops.

Thanks to funding from the Queensland Government’s Eat Well Be Active program and TravelSmart Sunshine Coast at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, a series of bike rides and workshops will be delivered across the coast in the coming weeks.

The initiative is aimed at improving awareness of coastal cycling routes and sharpening up the cycling and maintenance skills of local residents.

The first series of events get rolling later this month, with Seniors Community Bike Rides held in Caloundra (17 August), Noosa (19 August) and Kawana (21 August). Bikes can be supplied at no charge, if required.

The rides will highlight local pathways and cycle routes as well as taking in some of the coast’s most attractive natural waterways. Rides are approximately one hour at a leisurely and social pace, with morning tea provided and qualified ride instructors supervising all rides.

With women partaking in cycling substantially less than men, three women’s specific workshops (bikes supplied if required) will be held with a focus on improving women’s confidence in all aspects of cycling. Sessions will include maintenance (learn to change your own puncture!), bike skills, nutrition, bike set up and riding in a group. Each workshop will include morning tea, lunch and qualified presenters providing hands-on, practical and fun sessions. Workshops will be held in Noosa (22 August), Caloundra (29 August) and Kawana (5 September).

Council’s TravelSmart Sunshine Coast is a voluntary behaviour change program aimed at encouraging people to use alternative and sustainable transport modes such as walking, cycling, carpooling and public transport.

Workshops have limited numbers and will fill quickly so registration is essential. Visit www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au or email travelsmart@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au at TravelSmart Sunshine Coast for more information.

The Queensland Government provided funds to Sunshine Coast Council's community cycle education, bike rides and workshop series to get more Queenslanders discovering the lifelong benefits of participating in physical activity and improving eating habits.