LIFE’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE
At FREEMOOVEMENT we hate standing still, it’s just NOT in our name or nature. As a result, we want to offer opportunities for people to get active by connecting with and supporting others. With this in mind we are in the process of identifying and training up volunteers to lead leisure rides in order to get people on their bikes enjoying the best Exeter and Devon has to offer.
FREEWHEELIN’ – The Programme
The aim of the programme is to encourage people to start cycling through low level introductory rides. We will train up volunteers in the British Cycling level 1 ride leadership qualification, and schedule a series of weekly rides.
This scheme will be working in partnership with Ride On, a local bike charity who fix, repair and sell on reconditioned bikes to give people an entry level point from which to access cycling. Rides will initially take place from Exeter Quay and use the traffic free cycle lanes that straddle the Exe Estuary.
The cycling programme will be gradual and progressive and involve different activities along the routes such as family stop offs at local play parks for children, explorations of local nature reserves, cake and coffee breaks at pubs and cafes, beach-based activities, picnic’s and much more. We will also have themed rides that will coincide with national and international events.
We hope that as a result of the leisure rides people will gain confidence and want to start using their bikes more regularly, ditching the car and making more sustainable travel choices for themselves, friends and families.
We additionally hope that people will be more active, enjoy being outside feeling the wind through their hair and the sun on their face while benefiting from a general improvement in wellbeing.
The Training Course
Date – 18 May
Location – Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
The Ride Leadership Award Level 1 course trains up confident and competent recreational cyclists to lead groups on the road in a safe and enjoyable manner, set mainly in urban environments.
The course blends online learning with an assessed one-day course. This qualifies learners to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths, up to a maximum distance of 50 miles.
What the course will cover:
- Introduction to ride leadership
- Preparing to lead a ride
- Delivering rides
- Reviewing rides
- Managing risks and emergencies
If you feel you might need extra support to undertake a training course or assessment because of a physical or learning disability, please contact us ahead of booking. We can then discuss any reasonable adjustments that would support you to become a Ride Leader.
This course is open to anyone who wants to get learn skills and commit to leading leisure rides for FREEMOOVEMENT.
The course cost is £135 per person however, if you agree to and successfully lead a series of 8 FREEWHEELIN’ leisure rides we will reimburse you the cost of the course.
If you are a member of a local bike club then the course fee is non-refundable.
We only have very limited places so don’t delay.