Remember how much fun it was to ride a bike?

By Susanna Grimes

Perhaps you have noticed how many people are riding bicycles these days. You might be thinking “Gee that looks like fun. I remember that feeling; the fresh air, the sense of freedom.” But…it has been a while and you aren't sure that you are ready. It seemed simpler before, but now there is more traffic, a few aches and pains, and more things to consider.

  • Do I still have what it takes?
  • Is my balance good enough?
  • What is the right bike for me? What are the options?
  • How do I ride safely on streets? What are the traffic rules for cyclists?
  • Where are the nice routes to ride?
  • What if something happens to my bike while I'm riding?
  • Are there any recreational riding groups for people like me?

The good news is that you can find answers to all of these questions (and more) through a new program: Bike Freedom 50+. You can also develop new skills.

This spring and summer, a variety of enjoyable, interesting, informative, workshops tailored for older adults will be held.

UPCOMING BIKE FREEDOM 50+ WORKSHOPS

  • The Right Bike for You                        Mon April 9, 7-9pm
  • All About E-bikes & Adult Trikes        Mon April 16, 7-9pm
  • Nice Places to Cycle in Victoria          Mon April 23, 7-9pm
  • Rules of the Road                                Sat May 5, 1-4pm (also June 2 & July 7)
  • Bike Handling Skills                             Sun May 6, 1-3:30pm  (also June 10 & July 11)
  • Road Ride Practice                              May – date TBD                                                                      (also June & July)
  • The Well-Maintained Bicycle              Wed May 17, 6-8:30pm (also June 13 and July 14)
  • How to Start Your Own Riding Group Sun May 27, 1:30-4:30pm

If you aren't ready to take a course with others, or have a particular need, a private lesson can also be arranged (in James Bay).

TO REGISTER & FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Call: 250-590-7727
Email: bikefreedom@shaw.ca
Online: www.bikefreedom.ca
In person: Fairfield Bicycle Shop (390 Moss St)

LOCATION OF WORKSHOPS: Fairfield Community Centre, 1330 Fairfield Rd

COST:

$12 for 2 hour workshops
$45 for 3 hour bike skills classes
Subsidy available

The timing has never been better to ride a bike in Victoria:

A network of AAA bike facilities is in the works on Pandora, Fort, Wharf, Humboldt, Cook and Dallas. (AAA stands for All Ages and Abilities).

60% of James Bay residents already travel by bike or on foot

Victoria has the highest rate of cycling in Canada (11% bike to work)

Cycling:

  • Is a low-impact aerobic exercise
  • Is easy to adjust the intensity of your cycling - you can pedal slowly or work harder
  • Helps maintain healthy weight
  • Can improve your balance
  • Small amounts can reap big benefits. Regular physical activity, even in small doses, reduces the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, various cancers, as well as Alzheimer’s and depression.
  • Is a quiet, non-polluting and affordable mode of transportation
  • Can be a solo experience or an outing with a friend or two
  • Is practical transportation. It can get you to the store or out for a visit

Join the thousands of people in the Cycling Capital of Canada who ride a bike.

Susanna Grimes, Cycling Instructor, Joyriding.ca

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