On Sunday 6th May FRAE Fife commenced their six-week free bike lesson course based at Lochore Meadows.
The main purpose of the project was to provide a safe, fun and comfortable environment for women and girls from all backgrounds to learn to ride a bike or improve their bike-riding skills and confidence further.
Mountain bikes, helmets and waterproof clothing was provided free of charge to over 14 women who attended the 6-week course. They learnt a variety of bike skills which included balancing techniques, changing gears, uphill and downhill riding, mounting and dismounting, cornering techniques, emergency and controlled stopping and bike maintenance checks.
Two highly qualified bike coaches from Cycle Scotland were present at each session where they used their expertise and knowledge to encourage all the women to get the best out of their riding experience and thus improving their skills. Some women also successfully learnt to ride a bike with confidence for the first time, which was an amazing achievement.
The weather for all sessions was dry and occassionally very warm, creating a wonderful holiday feel for the group as they cycled through some beautiful parts of Lochore Meadows including through woodland and around the Loch.
Along with the increased bike skills that the women learned, the course also gave the group an opportunity to experience the variety of health benefits that cycling can offer, including increased wellbeing, fitness, shared family recreation, lifestyle improvement and potential weight loss.
Some of the comments made about the course: -
“A great opportunity to get back on a bike again”…Chafiqua, “Challanging at times but with determination we all did well”…Momna, “I can’t believe I can ride a bike now, I am so happy”…Rahila, “I feel so much more comfortable on a bike and really enjoy my time here”...Amani