Make it a summer of cycling in Chichester District

Adults keen to get back on their bikes can enjoy a series of guided rides, cycling confidence courses and bike maintenance courses thanks to Chichester District Council's Like Your Bike programme.

The annual programme of events is organised thanks to Air Quality grants from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Adult novices can attend one free cycle training session. Courses take place on selected Saturday mornings and afternoons from 6 May until 19 August.

Qualified trainers will help people gain confidence in a safe and relaxed environment. These courses are ideal for people who wish to regain lost skills or develop new levels of confidence. Bikes and helmets can be provided.

Guided cycle rides, led by trained volunteers, run between 29 April and 30 September. The rides start at 10am from Westgate Leisure Centre, Chichester and take around two and a half to three hours. The rides are ideal for those who have not cycled for a while or who are new to the area. Routes include West Dean, Hunston and North Mundham and Bosham.

For those who want to find out how to keep their bike safe and smooth running, then foundation and intermediate bike maintenance courses will be taking place from 13 May. The foundation course costs £5 while the intermediate courses will be £15.

Both courses are run by a qualified bike mechanic and take place at Westgate Leisure Centre. Topics covered on the foundation course include safety checks, brake adjustments, puncture repairs and gear adjustments.

Intermediate courses last six hours and include the above plus basic wheel truing/spoke replacement, headset adjustment, bike cleaning and recommendations for routine bicycle servicing.

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Date of release: 27 April 2017

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