Sit at home and wait for Sky Ride Local or keep riding?
‘Keep riding’ says British Cycling Ride Leader John Wheat from Newport. Over the past two years he’s helped people of all ages get out on their bikes and enjoy riding in a group.
This year as Sky Ride Local 2012 drew to a close, John didn’t want to see Newport’s ride opportunities disappear. With his knowledge of the local area and the cycling community he decided to start his own ride group using Social Cycling Groups – called Newport Cycling.
‘My motivation for starting the group was to build on the momentum of Sky Ride Local this summer and encourage people to keep riding their bikes. I also wanted to have a go at doing things my own way and arrange some rides in new places that people would really enjoy,’ said John.
Knowing that other groups in the area were struggling to attract cyclists, John worked hard to develop a local support network. He promoted his rides on Social Cycling Groups – the social network exclusively for cyclists, and made a deal with his local Halfords store to hand out leaflets whenever they sold a bike. By spreading the word John soon gained support from the local council and Newport Velodrome. John is now thinking of other ways to use Social Cycling Groups, such as offering more rides for people who have already taken part in Sky Ride Local.
The Newport Cycling group now has 8 to 20 people attending each week, with ages ranging from 7 to 70! Three of the group are currently training for the London to Brighton bike ride next year; and they’ve even had two cyclists travel all the way from Bristol to join a ride.
John added: ‘Social Cycling Groups like this are fuelled by the riders who take part. Some people come every week, others every now and then, which is great. Together we all help to keep the group and the local cycling activity going.’
You can keep your community cycling too with Social Cycling Groups.
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