Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) and the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society (GVBTWS) have partnered to offer the Ride On! cycling program throughout the Capital Region from April-October, 2014. These interactive, informative courses empower novice riders to make cycling a regular part of their lives, as well as help experienced riders fine-tune their skills.
“We want to inspire people to have fun while cycling safely and more often in Canada’s cycling capital,” says Theresa Gulliver, Bike Skills Program Manager of the Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society. “These courses are designed to increase your confidence and comfort riding in traffic by teaching you the skills and best practices to enhance your life through fun, safe cycling.”
Nearly 60 courses are available in communities throughout the region. Most courses are delivered at Recreation Centres. You can also request personalized, specific programs, such as classes for women, immigration and cultural associations.
For adults, the opportunities range from a free one hour Cycling Mini Workshop for workplace lunch n’ learns, to more comprehensive half-day (Part I/Part II) or full-day (Parts I & II combined) Bike Skills Courses. Costs range from $20-$35.
For kids, the program offers training for grades 6-7 students and a fun-filled three hour course that teaches kids aged 7-9 essential bike handling and safety skills through games and activities. Kids learn to properly fit their helmet, do a bike safety check, practice good bike handling skills, and ride with more confidence. Cost is $20.
“It is important that CRD residents have the skills, information, and support they need to cycle,” says Jennifer Black, Active Transportation Program Manager at the CRD. “The Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society has taught cycling skills and safety courses since 1999, and we’re thrilled that they are able to lend their expertise and certified instructors to the delivery of this program. By sponsoring and expanding the Ride On! program, the CRD hopes to reach residents throughout the region and enable them to rediscover the joy of riding a bicycle for everyday use.”
To learn more or register for a course, visit: http://biketoworkvictoria.ca/bike-skills
For media inquiries, please contact:
Sophie Wood, Communications Liaison
CRD Regional & Strategic Planning
Bike Skills Program Manager
Greater Victoria Bike to Work Society