TAKE LIFE BY THE HANDLEBARS

Hervey Bay RSL is supporting our community.

ONE of the best ways to see the sights in beautiful Hervey Bay is on two wheels.

However, getting on a bike comes with rules to ensure the safety of cyclists and motorists alike.

That’s where the Fraser Coast Bicycle User Group can help.

It doesn’t matter what kind of bike you ride or whether you wear lycra or not; the local not-for-profit organisation has seven categories of group rides, catering from beginners to advanced riders.

No one gets left behind!

To help keep their wheels turning safely, the Hervey Bay RSL has assisted the group with a $2600 Community Grant to help deliver a ‘Safe Riding in Groups’ training course held in August.

President Brian Jessett said the group’s main aim is to promote cycling, keep the 155 members fit, healthy, active and connected with the community, but with a strong focus on safety.

He said the one-day theory course was attended by many group members, volunteers and residents who love to ride.

In the past three months alone, four significant incidents left six members with substantial injuries, including a fractured pelvis, vertebrae, collar bone, and ribs.

Mr Jessett said these injuries might have been avoided had the riders been armed with the tools to handle different scenarios on the road.

“Many of our members requested this course due to lack of cycling knowledge when it comes to skills and safety,” he said.

“The course provided participants with that knowledge and skills to handle various challenges when riding, for example, with cars, kangaroos, turning, going up hills … so they can keep themselves and others in their group safe.”

If you’re contemplating pedalling your way to better health and fitness (and make some new friends along the way, then find out more about FCBUG on their website at fcbug.org.au.

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