I suspect that the explosion of cherry blossoms has a lot to do with it. It's an awakening of the senses, urging us to wriggle out of our winter cocoons and explore the world around us. Smell the blossoms and think about all the possibilities now open to us. Like - riding a bike!
Over the last few days I have received a flurry of inquiries from people wanting a Joyriding lesson:
(Names have been changed to protect the budding cyclists)
Denise is "a seventy year old woman, young at heart" and keen to ride a bike. She actually did cycle about 40 years ago, but wants to relearn so that she can feel comfortable on guided bike tours. She also wants to know what what kind of bicycle to look for. Practical advice on bikes, gear and accessories is part of what Joyriding can provide.
As a teenager, Emma was in a car crash, which shook her up. She never did get her driver's license. Now, as a mother with 2 small children, she wants to take them safely to daycare on her new electric cargo bike. Joyriding can map out the best route for her to take and ride it with her, stopping to review important traffic scenarios along the way.
Bahar wants to learn how to ride a bike. In her culture, this is something that girls were not taught. Since moving to Victoria, she sees many people cycling every day and wants to join in. Joyriding provides beginner cyclists with a free bike and helmet rental, as part of the lesson.
Stewart, a retiree living in Sidney, wants to learn how to ride safely in traffic, and not be confined only to cycling paths and trails. The week before, he had a hair-raising experience at a 4-way stop which spooked him.
Recently, a friend gave Lori a bike. She is very anxious about riding in traffic, and doesn't have a driver's license. With her partner Tom along for moral support, she will take a two-for-one lesson.
Seven-year-old Oliver was having trouble learning to ride. His parents weren't sure why, and had done their best to help him. Sometimes what makes the difference is being taught by an outsider, and in this case, one that is experienced in teaching cycling to reluctant or fearful children (& adults!).
If you know someone who would like to ride a bike, but is worried: about traffic, or their ability, or their bike...or all of the above, let them know that there is a way to learn and practice that is non-threatening (and even fun!).
For those who would like to learn in a group setting, Bike to Work Victoria runs half and full-day courses.