Ready to roll: Dale Manson checks the tyre on his wife Gail’s bike in preparation for the Mobilong Rotary bicycle workshop next month.WITH more bicycle lanes than ever, Murray Bridge is rolling toward a more sustainable future, and the Mobilong Rotary Club is working to ensure women play a key role in the process.
Mobilong Rotary secretary Dale Manson, who is a keen cyclist himself, was inspired to establish a free bike maintenance session for women at the urging of his wife Gail.
“I’m always cursing because they’ve got stuff down in Adelaide all the time for bike maintenance courses and I thought “Oh, I’d love to go down and do one of those”,” Mrs Manson said.
“Dale knows how to change a tyre, but if I go out on a ride on my own, I’ve got no idea.”
So Mr Manson took the initiative to help out by organising a workshop through Mobilong Rotary with the aim of helping women make the most of available facilities.
“While local authorities are providing a greater range of facilities for bicycles and the roads are now being designed to be far safer for riders, not everyone is taking up the opportunity,” he said.
“In Murray Bridge in particular there are lots of people, lots of women who are stuck at home, haven’t got a car, haven’t got access to a bus, and this is a great way to get out of the trap of the home, go shopping, socialise and just improve your overall lifestyle.”
At the workshop local bike experts will be giving demonstrations on basic mechanics, including changing tyres, repairing punctures, and dealing with brakes and chains.
“It’s for anyone – anyone who’s got an old school bike they want to resurrect to someone who does triathlons,” Mr Manson said.
“They can bring their own bike or they can just come themselves; there’ll be demonstration bikes there.”
– Details: Register for the Sunday,?March 17 event by emailing [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训 or phone 0418 811 233.
The workshop will begin at the Murray Bridge Racecourse at 9am and end with a free barbecue lunch.
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