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General Manager Welcome

It's been an exciting couple of months for AustCycle and I hope all of you have had the chance to read the impact evaluation report into adult cycle training that AustCycle released last week. 

With this report in mind, I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the Providers and Teachers who contributed in varying levels with collecting the information that underpins this report. 

I encourage you all to read the report and see the positive results and outcomes that occurred as a result of AustCycle training. The report now provides all levels of government with information that not only shows the important role cycle training has on participation, but also the direct impact it has on improving an individual's health. It also provides evidence of why more investment and future government policies and strategies should include increased support for cycle training programs.

- Gareth Watkins, General Manager, AustCycle

Impact Evaluation Report

AustCycle has released the findings of its three-year study into adult participation in cycling, revealing just how vital cycle skills training is in getting more people on their bikes.

Between June 2010 and June 2013, AustCycle ran over 1,200 adult training programs nationally, working with community groups, workplaces and running government-funded programs. Over 6,700 adult participants were involved in programs during this period.

To read more about the report, or download the entire document, visit our website by clicking here.

Women on Bikes Survey

The Women on Bikes Survey is aimed at women of all ages and ability levels who ride a bike.

Your feedback will assist in developing and delivering goods and services that women need to get riding, or to continue to develop their riding skills and confidence. For this reason it is crucial that as many women as possible fill the survey out.

The survey will close on 8 November 2013 and just for participating you can go into the draw to win a $200 Myer Gift Card!

Click here for the survey and please forward it on to family and friends! 

AustCycle School Holiday Program Success!

In September and October, AustCycle ran School Holiday Cycle Programs for children aged between 5 and 12, with the aim of giving kids the confidence and skills to be confident riders in both traffic and traffic-free environments.

Programs were run in Narrabeen, NSW, Centennial Park, NSW, Lismore, NSW and Stirling, WA and feedback from parents has so far been very encouraging. If you are interested in enrolling your child in a future school holiday program with AustCycle, please email info@austcycle.com.au to put your name down on an Expressions of Interest list.

From AustCycle training to charity ride

AustCycle Provider and Teacher Tina McCarthy recently participated in a 50km charity ride Around The Bay in a Day, bringing along the largest all women team ever.

Tina and 37 women completed the challenging ride, which was held in Victoria earlier this month, and amazingly, 24 of these women were AustCycle course graduates.

Tina said she was very proud of her group of women and was beyond happy with the enthusiasm they exhibited.

“[Many] started as beginners too timid to do much more than a short ride, yet there they all were on Sunday riding over the Westgate Bridge on a 50km ride.

“It was the first time for many to ride 50kms, but they all trained hard and put in the hard yards to get themselves there.

“This is truly a success story for AustCycle and I feel so excited to be a part of helping these women on their journey”.

One of the AustCycle participants was even a ride leader for the day; a person that Tina calls a role model for others.

“One of the ride leaders was Alicia, who started as a beginner and has now done the AustCycle Skills Course. She just wanted to ride her kids to school when she started, but there is a comment from her on Facebook that says ‘I didn’t realise how much I would love cycling until I started’. She is a great role model and I love having her as my ‘wingman’”.

To see more pictures of the ride, as well as a video of the ladies that aired on Channel 7, please visit Wheel Women's Facebook Page.