Commuter Cycling Support
This is a convenient series of 50 minute lunchtime or after work commuter cycling training sessions made easy for staff to attend, and for workplaces to support, as it doesn't cut into the work day. Some of the sessions can be run at your location.
This is an excellent opportunity for workplaces to actively support employees interested in commuting to work, helps reduce the risk of bike incidents, increases safety and helps to build a happier, healthier and more productive workforce.
Whether current or contemplative riders, staff will learn best practice essentials on safety and awareness, cycling specific road rules, improving visibility, defensive commuter riding, safer routes and bike handling skills.
There are 4 sessions listed below to select from. It's easy to book sessions, and we even provide the bikes and helmets for staff that don't have equipment! Organise a presentation, a practical session or the whole package...it's up to you.Group sessions start at $250 + gst
Contact Bike SA's Education Manager on 8168 9903,
or email email@example.com.
Better Bicycle Commuting - an engaging presentation by Bicycle SA on best practise
For current and contemplative commuters - it will equip, empower and inspire you to see commuter cycling as a worthwhile pursuit, and how it can be done safely. Find out about best practises on safety and awareness, defensive cycling, specific cycling road rules, the safest routes to take, equipment, some light hearted anecdotes and an opportunity to ask questions.
Bike Handling Skills - 50 min practical
On bikes, and great for the new or inexperienced rider, we teach all the fundamental bike handling skills to ride with confidence and style. Learn essential techniques including cornering, balancing, braking, stopping, scanning, signalling, gear use and dismounting. Good technique and skills makes for a safer cyclist. Bike and helmets provided if necessary.
Riding on the Road - 50 min practical
On bikes, learn best practise techniques in street smart safe cycling, including hazard awareness, defensive and assertive styles, and how to navigate and negotiate some of the streets of Adelaide with confidence.
Maintenance Express - 50 min practical
Don't be stopped in your tracks by a simple mechanical problem. Be taught how to change a tyre, remount a chain, adjust gears and brakes, and what tools to use. 50 minutes is all it takes for the know-how and confidence to tackle these things.
Case Study - Amanda gets inspired to start commuting
"DTEI sent an email to staff regarding free bike riding sessions with Bike SA. I knew I needed to get fit and I wanted to save money and help the environment, but I was just being a little bit lazy and putting up barriers to riding. So, I decided to attend the course 'Start Riding - Be Inspired', by Sam Drummond last year on 21 Sep. I was just expecting to learn a little about bike riding practical skills, but secretly what I wanted was to be 'inpsired' to start riding! To my surprise, the talk really was 'inspiring', Sam is passionate about riding and lives what he teaches, his delivery is natural and motivational, the information about riding and the benefits were excellent. He allayed my fears and created greater awareness about riding, including the practical side to riding. I really enjoyed Sam's talk and he did 'inspire' me to take this seriously and start riding!
I also knew if I was going to be serious about this I needed all the help I could get, so I attended all courses Bike SA had on offer, which were:
Riding on the Road - 23 Sep 2010
Practical Bike Riding Skills - 29 Sep 2010
Maintenance Express - 30 Sep 2010
Shortly after, I did purchase a bike and I started riding to work and everywhere! I feel a real sense of freedom riding my bike and I feel happier coming to work after riding and going shopping, and meeting up with friends. I love that I can park it anywhere and not feel like i'm stuck in traffic. I made it a part of my daily routine and it helped me to 'smell the roses'. I am a huge advocate for Bike SA and I think the work that they are doing to teach people about what to look out for when riding, including hazards and other cars and people really helped to minimise the fear of riding in traffic and raised my confidence. Also the practical course 'riding on the road' is excellent. We all went out on a busy road and were able to practice the theory we learned in 'start riding - be inspired' course.
Now as a rider, I am much more confident and I've learned not to take short-cuts but to plan my route to take the 'safest way' which is usually also the prettiest way, and that even if it takes a bit longer, it's important to get to your destination safetly. When I am on a busy street, I am now looking out for car doors opening and I look around to pre-empt what drivers and others might possibly do, and this has helped me to be a safer commuter. I think Bicycle SA is doing a fantastic job teaching people to be astute riders, allaying fears, and inspiring people to get on their bikes and enjoy the ride! I think everyone should do these courses and start riding today!"