Cycling With Confidence Update

Anyone near Pinewood or Clifton Road will have seen a few things over the last few weeks…….an incredible amount of rain, and of course all kinds of bikes coming and going!

In Partnership with West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and the Active Travel Fund, Parkride has launched its new cycling initiative … Cycling With Confidence.

CWC is pretty much as it says, to get people more confident on bikes, however many wheels they may use, or how much experience people have.

The courses last for 9 hours, and gives cyclists 1-2-1 support to really ensure that they can make the best use of their time on a bike.

There are many outcomes that can be achieved through the course (which is free), all aimed at making any cyclists feel more comfortable on a bike, setting a bike up and getting on a bike, these may include fitting a helmet correctly, pumping a tyre up, setting a seat to the correct height, and of course cycling even more confidently!

So far we have a new cyclists start with us that have never been on a bike before, to help these cyclists we have been able to use 3 wheeled bikes as they have better balance . With the help of Neil and Keith (Parkride instructors) some participants have even progressed from never cycling before, to a 3 wheel bike and then onto a standard 2 wheel bike.

What all staff have really noticed about the cyclists is just how much every single cyclist has improved in areas such as steering, braking & general control of the bike, even the monsoon month of May hasn’t stopped wheels from turning for these cyclists.

If you know anyone that you think may enjoy or benefit from this then please get in touch with us! We have courses in Coventry, Walsall, Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Solihull as well as Birmingham.

Email – parkride@midlandmencap.org.uk or call 0121 427 6404

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