When I was young, my cousin was teaching me how to ride a bike when we had a bit of an accident. I always remembered that incident anytime I sat on the bike, and I swore I would never get on a bike again.
When my daughter was about 6, she kept asking me to teach her how to ride a bike. I was too embarrassed to tell her that I didn’t know how to ride. Fortunately my husband was there to my rescue, teaching her instead. After that I promised myself I would have another go on the bike.
My life changed when I met Eilidh, a cycle trainer who was teaching a group of women how to ride bikes. She invited me over. I was very nervous at first, but I kept trying and trying until got the hang of it.
Cycling has really made my life so much easier.
Especially because I work in the community so now I use my bike to go to work. Cycling is like therapy to me. I feel like I’m in my own world when I’m on my bike, if I can cycle then I can do anything. I conquered my fear of cycling.
Thank you to Eilidh for helping and encouraging me along the way.
Blog post by new cyclist Rose
If you would like to learn how to cycle, Bike For Good run a free drop-in Women’s Beginner Sessions every Tuesday morning.