A host of exciting new introductions will roll out in 2018 in Cycling Australia (CA) flagship children’s riding program, Let’s Ride.
The only truly national grassroots cycling participation programs within Australia, Cycling Australia’s Let’s Ride and She Rides (for women) programs have welcomed more than 16,500 women and children participants across every state and territory.
Supported by the Australian Sports Commission’s (ASC) Sporting Schools program – Australia’s largest school-based sports participation program – Let’s Ride provides kids with a fun and interactive introduction to cycling for children, which also teaches safe riding habits and skills for varied conditions.
Setting the program apart from other learn to ride programs is the connection to the wider Cycling Australia community, with all participants receiving a free three-month club membership.
Launched in 2016 and targeting primary school aged students, Let’s Ride began capturing the attention of teenagers in 2017 through its high school program “4th Gear”.
In 2018, Let’s Ride will expand with new programs including Let’s Race which is set to offer keen cyclists the chance to build racing skills. A range of flexible, tailored programs, including Let’s Ride School Clinics and Holiday Programs will allow schools to fit Let’s Ride into their busy school term schedule.
Other initiatives rolling out include a new support structure for school teachers to become Let’s Ride coaches, plus extra resources for teachers and parents which will be available via the new website at https://letsride.com.au
The first round of funding applications for Term 3 Let’s Ride programs closed on 29 June, but if your school didn’t apply for the funding and wants to run a program visit letsride.com.au programs or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Apply for term-based funding via the Sporting Schools website www.sportingschools.gov.au.
Cycling Australia, CEO Steve Drake: “Cycling Australia is pleased our She Rides and Let’s Ride programs now have a presence in every state and territory, and offer programs in metro and regional areas.
“We are understandably proud of these programs which have allowed more than sixteen thousand Australian women and kids to discover, or rediscover, the joy of cycling.
“We know that these programs will develop a lifelong love of cycling and the skills required to enjoy this fabulous activity as safely as possible and we’ll look to expand and develop them in the future.”
She Rides Spring programs go on sale from Monday 30 July, with programs commencing from Saturday 6 October. Visit www.sherides.com.au for more information.