Free Cycling Courses
Cycling Confidence Course
Keen to start cycling to University but not quite confident enough to face the traffic? The University of Sydney is offering free Cycling Confidence Courses at the Darlington Campus, ahead of National Ride to Work Day, Wednesday 13 October 2010.
The courses are available to all staff and students with a reasonable cycling ability (ie. not beginner cyclists). The course teaches low risk and responsible riding and is designed for people who can already ride a bike, but want confidence to ride on city streets.
The City of Sydney is kindly sponsoring the Cycling Confidence Courses as part of their overall cycling strategy, an ambitious plan that aims to increase the number of bicycle trips made in the City of Sydney from less than 2% in 2006 to 10% by 2016. Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP said, “Bike riding - even in Sydney traffic - is easier than many people might think. For trips of less than 10 km, riding a bike will often get you to work cheaper and faster and will keep you healthy. Better still, it’s a zero emission transport option.”
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Course duration: approximately 4.5 hours
What to bring: you will need to bring your own bike and helmet. It is very important that your bike is in good working order, with functioning brakes. If you have doubts about the road worthiness of your bike, please book it in for a service at your local bike store prior to the course.
Course size: maximum 10 people per course
Course instructors: 2 certified cycling instructors
Wet weather: courses will run in all but extreme weather conditions. In the event of extreme weather, course participants need to call a mobile number to find out if the course is proceeding on that day or not. The mobile number is provided in the confirmation email sent to participants once they are booked in to the course.
- An initial check and practise of basic cycling skills (conducted in a park away from traffic)
- Cycling on quiet roads to learn what to do on a bike in low to moderate traffic
- Cycling in regular traffic to practice urban traffic cycling skills (with regular stops to discuss different situations city cyclists come across)
- Learning different cycling drills on a variety of roads – the two instructors will demonstrate the various drills first and then course participants will practice them
Note: this course is not designed for beginners. If you want to learn to ride a bike please visit the City of Sydney Website for more information on beginners courses.
The course introduction will be in Meeting Room 7, Level 2, Services Building (atreet address: 22 Codrington St Darlington)
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