Swindon's Over 50s training gets adults riding

Giving people in Swindon who never learned to cycle as children the chance to get pedalling

CTC Cycling Development Officer for Swindon Anna Cipullo explains how the scheme changes lives:

Cathy Williams joined the course age 61 as a complete beginner saying: “The opportunity as a child to ride a bike just never happened”. Later she sprained her ankle after hitting a pothole on one of our course routes, but despite the knock on her already fragile confidence, Cathy rejoined and is now a competent cyclist with her own new bike.

“You talked me into it, and I'm so glad you did,” Cathy wrote. “I turn up for cycling in a highly nervous state (not that you'd know) wondering what we will be doing today. It’s exhilarating and terrifying all at the same time. I'm never going out on roads I tell myself. Yesterday it was virtually all on roads, quiet ones at that, but really good experience. Obviously odd little blips but I felt safe.”