Learn-to-cycle course wheeled out again

Cycling students Rawa Khan and Thaveesha Basnayake at the Good Cycles training centre in Dandenong. 189305_01 Picture: GARY SISSONS


It’s time again to get on your bikes.

Wellsprings for Women has launched a repeat of its popular Good Cycles Program, which trains women to ride a bike, pull it apart and re-assemble it.

At the end of the six-session course in Dandenong, the 11 riders get a free bike and helmet and access to the Wellsprings riders meets to practice their cycling.

There’s a long waiting list of migrant and refugee women wanting to join up, says Wellsprings chief executive Dalal Smiley.

“We could not accommodate all of them in the first round.

“So we applied for a grant from (Greater Dandenong) Council and got it.

“We have to keep searching for more funding to give more migrant and refugee women the opportunity to cycle.”

The course gives riders confidence in all technical aspects of owning and riding a bike, Ms Smiley says.

“They overcome any apprehension they may have about how bikes work and how to replace a tube for a flat tyre.”


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