Friday, June 4th, 2010 - Australian Cycle Skills Programs
Finally, an organisation that specialises in the delivery of cycling education, etiquette and cycle skills programs that target safe and considerate bicycle use:

Robert Kearney of Brisbane organistation Cycle Skills explains, "As a result of limited opportunity and lifestyle changes, the level of proficiency in general cycle skills has narrowed considerably in our communities.

"You don’t have to look very far to see or hear of cyclists behaving badly. This is a shame as we should be celebrating the fact that every person on a bicycle is one less person in a car," continues Mr Kearney. "This is an even bigger loss to our society given some of the other challenges that we are faced with such as inactivity-related health issues, rising costs in running vehicles, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion."

Australian Cycle Skills Programs has identified these threats as a great opportunity to create a specialised flexible organisation to provide quality Cycle Skills Programs to as many members of our community as possible by sharing best practice step by step instruction of age/skill specific cycle programs for schools, private sector and local government initiatives, starting from year four students to seniors of all ages.

Currently these programs are being delivered through various contracts with the Brisbane City Council, Ipswich City Council and the Gold Coast City Council. Instructors are qualified cycling instructors and programs are individually designed around the organizations needs.

Beginner’s road safety and basic bicycle riding skills courses are taught in off road areas such as school ovals and parks, they are designed mainly for school aged children or for adults that have not ridden for some time and need to brush up on their skills and familiarity of the regulations and responsibilities for bicycle riders.

The intermediate programs include some on road components such as – passing parked cars, safely negotiating intersections and choosing a safe riding ‘position’ on the road to be most visible to other vehicles.

The advanced courses step up in proficiency to where the cyclist becomes totally integrated with other road users.

There are also bike maintenance courses that are offered which are facilitated by a qualified bicycle mechanic to ensure that you understand how to repair and maintain your bicycle.

Over 1000 people will participate in an Australian Cycle Skills Program this year. Australian Cycle Skills Programs are based in Brisbane and employ local staff. Why not get your school, business, community organisation or a group of friends together and contact Australian Cycle Skills Programs to help make you a more proficient, safe and courteous cyclist?

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Australian Cycle Skills Programs


Australian Cycle Skills Programs is the result of many years of research, discussions and concern around the topic of the need to deliver honest world class cycle skills programs in Australia. We are confident and determined that our purposeful programs will provide excellent benefits to our society in the long term.

Australian research shows that in the past almost all cycle instruction was done by volunteers or as a sideline income to the instructors’ main occupations. This has proven to be unreliable and inconsistent and suggests that the Australian community is missing out on safe, quality and consistent cycle instruction.

As a result of limited opportunity, the level of proficiency in general cycle skills has narrowed considerably and this causes constant tensions between cyclists, pedestrians and other road users. This is a big loss to our society given some the current obstacles that we are faced with:
• Inactivity-related health problems such as obesity
• Greenhouse gas emissions
• Traffic congestion

ACSP has identified these threats as a great opportunity to create a specialised flexible organization to provide quality Cycle Skills Programs to as many people as possible by sharing best practice step by step instruction of age / skill specific cycle programs for schools, private sector and local government initiatives, starting from year four students to seniors of all ages.
Robert Kearney
P: 0405688092
W: www.cycleskills.com.au

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Cycle, Cycling, Cycle safety, Cycle education, Considerate cyclists

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