The Cycle Salisbury Social Rides Program recently celebrated its sixth successful year of operation with a significant milestone – passing 1000 riders for the year for the first time.
The award-winning Cycle Salisbury program began in September 2013 in a partnership between Bicycle SA and the City of Salisbury designed to improve health and wellbeing through cycling and ideally influence the long-term behaviour of the community towards a healthier lifestyle.
It achieved that goal admirably, giving people who wanted to ride but perceived too many barriers in front of them the opportunity to do in a safe, supported and friendly environment led by ride leader fully accredited through Bicycle SA.
It attracted 564 riders that first year ending in August 2014 and has gone from strength to strength since then, surpassing its target to the end of August this year by recording 1012 riders for the previous 12 months. A sizeable group rolled up to join the sixth birthday ride on September 7 despite the less-than-inviting conditions, a sign to organisers that Cycle Salisbury has really found a place in people’s hearts.
“We are really proud of the achievements of the Cycle Salisbury Social Rides program,” City of Salisbury liaison for the program Jim Binder said. “We are very appreciative of and acknowledge the support provided by both Bike SA and the City of Salisbury for this joint program.
“A big thank you to our Ride Coordinator Elaine Davies and all our wonderful Bike SA volunteer ride leaders (Elaine Davies, Des Brown, Nigel Griffiths, Bryce Routley, Jim Binder and Julian Hinton) for their dedication and work in making this a successful program.
“We couldn’t have done it without the great bunch of people who have come out, from novices to experienced riders. The positive word of mouth and personal invitations continue to bring out new riders and we know we are making a positive difference in people’s lives in not only ‘getting more bums on bikes’ more often, but also creating informal friendships, social and riding groups.
“We had no real expectations at the start,” Mr Binder said. “But with the word out there and the wonderful tracks we have in Salisbury, the sky is the limit for where we can go from here. The whole idea was to get more people riding in the natural beauty we have here and it’s worked brilliantly.”
Cycle Salisbury offers weekly social group rides for adults suitable for beginner and novice riders, led by a trained volunteer ride leader. The rides occur mainly within the City of Salisbury and surrounds and are predominantly suitable for people with hybrid or mountain bikes as they take advantage of the City of Salisbury’s 77km off-road trail network. Some rides, however, are suited to all types of bikes.
If you’re interested in joining Cycle Salisbury’s growing group of happy riders, contact Jim Binder on 0401 984 767 or at email@example.com go to the website www.salisbury.sa.gov.au/cyclesalisbury