Help your community get on their bike

sustrans1_smlKeen cyclists in Northern Ireland will have the chance to pass on their skills to others, thanks to cycle instructor training being provided by UK charity Sustrans.

The charity, who enable people to make more of their everyday journeys by foot, bike or public transport, has been awarded money by the Department of Regional Development and Public Health Agency to provide training in Northern Ireland, with the aim of allowing more people to feel comfortable on their bike.

Sustrans will be holding free training events across Northern Ireland , alongside Connect2 projects. Connect2 is developing new walking and cycling routes in communities across the UK , and is being funded thanks to a £50million grant from the Big Lottery Fund. Training will take place in Strabane on Monday 10th January and Saturday 15th January 2011.

Patricia Wallace, Volunteer & Community Liaison Officer for Sustrans in Northern Ireland said, “These new routes are going to make it so much easier for local people to make more short journeys without having to resort to their car.

“By providing this training, we hope that keen cyclists will be able to impart their experience on others, so that they can benefit from these new routes. It’s a fantastic opportunity not just for future generations, but also for adults who perhaps haven’t ridden a bike since their childhood.”

Interested residents can find out more or sign up for the session entitled Improve your cycling and group ride leadership now, by calling Patricia Wallace on 028 9043 4569 or e-mailing It’s free to attend, and will take place at the Melvin Park Sports Complex, Melvin Road , Strabane. Training will run between 10.15am and 3.30pm on both Monday 10th and Saturday 15th January, with an opportunity to take a Cycle Instructor Training session in February.

Source: Sustrans

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