Up ‘n’ Cycling in Swindon
Up ‘n’ Cycling in Swindon

It's never too late to start cycling in Swindon!

Older residents of Swindon find it’s never too late to start cycling.

Up ‘n’ Cycling is a six-week course in Swindon helping older people to start or return to cycling. Anna Cipullo, Swindon’s Cycling Development Officer, explains: “It’s held at the county ground athletics track, which is a good location as it's traffic-free and no pedestrians to negotiate with!”.  Anna linked up with a colleague at Swindon Council leisure services who was getting older people active through a variety of ways as cycling seemed the perfect activity. Beryl, a 73-year-old on the Up ‘n’ Cycling course, gained a lot of confidence from going round the track. “She was amazed at herself,” says Anna.

Up ‘n’ Cycling has proven very popular; and quite a number of people who are younger than the ‘older people’ age category expressed an interest, so Anna has broadened the age range. An ‘intermediate’ six-week course follows on from the beginner course for those who want to venture out beyond the athletics track, learning skills from Bikeability Level Two.

One participant on the said: “The course has been excellent. To learn to ride a bike for the first time in a few hours at the age of 63 was a wonderful achievement for me, all credit be given to staff for their skills and patience. Everyone on the course was friendly and helpful.”