Over the past two weeks Hamilton City Council has been working in partnership with Sport Waikato to deliver a series of social bike rides for women and girls.
The rides are part of the This is ME initiative which supports, encourages and celebrates women and girls of all ages getting out there and being active.
Sean Christian from the Council’s Transportation team has helped lead the series of three rides, showcasing some of Hamilton’s many off-road biking paths.
The rides drew interest from over 20 women and girls of a range of ages and cycling abilities – from those taking part to help get back into biking or become more skilled, while others had been biking for a while. Skills sessions to build confidence and capability to bike on public shared cycleways were held before the group set off to explore some of Hamilton’s paths during a social ride over a 5km loop from Hayes Paddock in Hamilton East.
Feedback from the sessions was positive, with people saying they were a great way to meet others interested in cycling as well as to learn more about the river pathways and how they can be ridden. Participants left feeling more confident having learned new, fundamental cycling skills:
I really enjoyed it. It was so lovely to meet everyone and go for a ride.
Thanks to Sean for the drills. I really got a lot out of them. Really great to learn those skills.” (Tessa Coombs)
This was worth doing – got heaps out of it and more confident on my bike now.” (Fiona Churstain)
As part of the ride series, a new mountain bike was also given away, which was won by Fiona Churstain.
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Pictured: Some of the ride participants, with Sean Christian (back)