Booked out cycling workshops for women start tomorrow
  • Saturday 28 February 2015

Sunshine Coast Council’s first round of its free five-week Start Cycling, Stay Cycling program – which booked out in less than two weeks – kicks off tomorrow.

The popularity of the workshops has prompted Council to organise eight shorter cycling workshops for the coming months, which will cater to different ability levels.

Transport portfolio councillor Rick Baberowski said the Start Cycling, Stay Cycling workshops would be held at Caloundra and Maroochydore from tomorrow, followed by weekly guided group rides.

“Start Cycling, Stay Cycling is an introductory cycling program which will provide women with the knowledge, skills and confidence to take up cycling as a fitness and recreational activity,” Cr Baberowski said.

“Cycle choice and design have exploded. It’s now a hugely popular recreational pursuit with many health benefits and also a very effective and efficient form of transport.”

Beginner cyclist Fiona Thomme said she had registered for the workshops to improve her confidence on the road.

“I recently moved to Caloundra from Glass House Mountains and I’ve been keen to replace car trips with cycling now that I’m close to work and the beach,” said Ms Thomme.

“I haven’t cycled for years and have been nervous about getting out on the roads – the Start Cycling, Stay Cycling program is a perfect opportunity to help with that.

“My mum also wants to start cycling and has never ridden before, so we’ll be doing it together.”

Council is finalising dates and details for future workshops and will invite registrations in March.

The Queensland Government provided $6000 to Sunshine Coast Council to the Start Cycling, Stay Cycling program to increase Queenslanders participation in sport and recreation activities.