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Local bike workshops for teens and tweens

Two teens riding bikes in a park

Young people in Mount Alexander Shire interested in developing their cycling skills and confidence are encouraged to attend a bike-riding program for teens and tweens.

12 January 2022

Mount Alexander Shire Council is supporting Cyclesafe Mount Alexander and Bike Bendigo to deliver the low-cost bike-riding sessions in Castlemaine and Newstead during January.

“Riding to school was commonplace a generation ago, but these days, most children are driven to school – particularly at primary school level,” said Simone Hooppell, Council’s Healthy Heart of Victoria Health Broker.

“As a consequence, fewer children have had the opportunity to develop their road safety skills and experience through riding to school.

“These workshops will give young people the opportunity to learn current road rules, develop their riding skills, and learn strategies for safe on-road riding,” said Ms Hooppell.

Council is providing the workshops as part of their commitment to support improved health and wellbeing for the community, as outlined in the Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plan 2021-2025.

“Cycling to school offers teenagers independence and regular exercise,” said Ms Hooppell.

“We know this has benefits for people’s fitness and mental health, and it’s also good for the planet,” she said.

“Along with students starting year seven in 2022, we welcome children in grade five, six, or year eight who are interested in improving their bike skills.”

Participants can choose to attend a 2-day workshop in Castlemaine or a 1-day workshop in Newstead. Both sessions will be held from 10.00am to 3.00pm.

Bike workshop details:
• 2-day workshop on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 January at the Castlemaine Botanical Gardens (meet outside the tearooms)
• 1-day workshop on Tuesday 25 January at the Newstead Recreation Reserve.

Instructor Penny Gilbert holds a Bike Education Instructor certificate and is passionate about empowering people to enjoy the fun and freedom of cycling.

For more information or to register visit www.trybooking.com or search ‘Summer riding workshop for young teens’. The cost is $5 and spaces are limited.

This program is proudly supported by Healthy Heart of Victoria, Mount Alexander Shire Council, and the Victorian Government.

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