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:
In person: Fairfield Bicycle Shop (390 Moss St)
LOCATION OF WORKSHOPS: Fairfield Community Centre, 1330 Fairfield Rd
$12 for 2 hour workshops
$45 for 3 hour bike skills classes
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)
- 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