Over 50s get cycling

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PEOPLE aged over 50 in the borough are being invited to saddle up for some beginners cycling lessons.

The free sessions aim to give those who attend more confidence when riding their bikes and delivered by North Tyneside Council in partnership with Sustrans.

They are held every Wednesday at 10am and start from The Parks Sports Centre in Howdon Road, North Shields, and bikes and helmets can be provided if requested in advance.

The sessions were launched in June as part of the ‘Get back on your bike’ campaign and are now regularly attended by around a dozen people.

Peter Weslowski, volunteer bikeability instructor with Sustrans, said: “I’ve been cycling around Tyneside for many years and have been able to build up the necessary level of confidence and skill to feel safe on the roads.

“It’s great to have the opportunity to pass on my knowledge to others so that they can enjoy their cycling whether it’s purely for recreation or for short essential journeys.”

Sheila Etheridge, who attends the sessions, added: “I’ve really enjoyed the sessions and feel much happier on my bike.

“I’m using my bike to get places now and it’s been great cycling with the instructors to find out how to get places in the borough.”

For further information contact Sport North Tyneside on (0191) 643 7447.