Easyriders, the project which encourages more women in the Scottish Borders to get on their bikes returned earlier this year with sessions in Selkirk, Peebles and Galashiels. The programme’s second instalment kicks off in Hawick, Kelso and Jedburgh on 21stAugust and has just become even more accessible.
Organisers, Hillside Outside Ltd, are now offering participants that wish to take part but don’t have their own bike the chance to borrow one for free to take part in the course.
“We had some women get in touch that were super keen to take part but who didn’t have their own bike. So, we chatted to the team over at Just Cycle in Galashiels and are now able to offer the chance to borrow a bike, for free, to take part in the course,” says Event Director Neil Dalgleish. “This addition makes the courses even more accessible and offer even more women the opportunity to experience the benefits of cycling.”
The programme, which is completely free itself, promises to improve cycling confidence, skills and fitness all in a social, relaxed atmosphere. There are a number of different sessions in each area scheduled to work around day-to-day life and working hours. All sessions last for four weeks and are women only.
Funded by Paths For All and Transport Scotland’s ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ initiative the programme also sets out to promote a healthier lifestyle and demonstrate the ease of cycling as an alternative mode of transport, particularly for the shorter more local journeys.
In 2018 the project was a great success with over 200 women across the Borders participating, 90% of whom say they would now opt for the bike over the car for shorter journeys. Now with the opportunity to borrow a bike 2019 is set to encourage even more women to try out cycling.
The courses begin on 21stAugust in Kelso and Jedburgh. Full details of all locations and dates can be found on the Easyriders website (www.easyriders.cc). There are only eight places available at each session, to ensure a more beneficial experience to all participants, so places are limited.
More info Harley Lothian at Hillside Outside Ltd – 01721 588050