Pauline Cooper

Community champion

Pauline Cooper

Bikeability instructor and active local group member

Pauline has been a popular figure in the Rochdale cycling scene as a member of several cycling clubs and groups riding around Lancashire. 

She has always cycled and owned a bike, but her involvement with club cycling started back in 1997 with regular outings on group rides, cycle tours and weekends away. 

She has competed in time trials and taken part in long distance Audax rides throughout the country too. Her four grown-up children are passionate cyclists and spent their childhoods on cycling holidays riding around France, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Her passion for cycling and enthusiasm for all things bike-related has been channelled into teaching children how to cycle as a Bikeability instructor in local schools and community groups since 2006. 

She also holds ‘learn to cycle’ classes too and helps adults to gain confidence on the roads within Greater Manchester. She also believes in the healing power of cycling for health reasons and is an advocate for women who are keen to get back into cycling for leisure or commuting.

Her annual cycling highlight is attending the York Rally cycling festival held at the York Racecourse every June. She has been going to the gathering every year since 1997 and attended every single one except when the course flooded and during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Cycling has changed Pauline’s life for the better and she will always encourage people to cycle. The bike has been such an important part of her life over the years and she actively promotes the joy that cycling can bring to all ages.