After a hugely successful launch in 2018 Easyriders, a project which encourages more women across the Scottish Borders to get on their bikes, returns for 2019.
The programme will follow the same format as last year providing a series of four free women-only sessions that will improve cycling confidence, skills and fitness, all in a relaxed atmosphere. The sessions, each limited to eight riders, will once again be held in various locations around the region; Peebles, Galashiels, Selkirk, Hawick, Kelso and Jedburgh and are all timed to work around day-to-day responsibilities and working hours.
Peebles based Hillside Outside Ltd, organisers of Tour O The Borders and TweedLove’s Transcend Bike Festival, are leading the project, alongside award winning cycling tuition providers Ridelines. Both are keen to not only provide improved cycling skills but also promote a healthier lifestyle, encourage cycling as an alternative mode of transport for shorter, local journeys and provide a means for aiding with mental health.
“We were delighted to get nearly 200 women across the Borders on their bikes last year, the feedback and the continued progress after the course has just been phenomenal,” say Director of Hillside outside Ltd Neil Dalgleish. “90% of participants now opt for the bike over the car for shorter journeys and over 50% said both their physical and mental health had improved. We are proud to be involved again for 2019 and provide this for even more women across the Borders.”
The project is again being funded by Paths For All and Transport Scotland’s ‘Smarter Choices, Smarter Places’ initiative, through Scottish Borders Council. The courses begin on May 25th in the Selkirk area. Full details of all locations and dates can be found on the Easyriders website (www.easyriders.cc).