Cyclists learn some life-saving skills

LISA KNIGHT
Last updated 12:00 16/07/2014
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RIDING RIGHT: From left, David Reiri, Alex Tutaki and Blair Kennard are among those who have graduated from the Mash Trust Healthy Lifestyles first 10-week cycling course.

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A new group of keen cyclists is ready to ride the roads around Palmerston North.

The first group of five cyclists to take part in the Mash Trust Healthy Lifestyles new 10-week cycling course graduated yesterday.

Mash Trust Healthy Lifestyles team leader Tony McDonald said the programme provided an opportunity for people to become self-reliant and community connected.

"We've taught guys the skills and confidence to get out on the roads and to be independent," McDonald said. "It's a good fitness thing for them as well and a means of transport to get around to their appointments and activities."

The 10-week course, supported by Palmerston North police and Sport Manawatu, covers road awareness skills and cycling knowledge.

At the completion of the course each group graduate with a Grade Two Cyclist Skills training certificate.

Participant David Reiri said he really enjoyed the course and learned a lot.

"It's given us more confidence about our ability and it's helpful knowing all the road skills," he said.

The next course will begin in two weeks and Mash Trust hoped to put several groups through the course this year, McDonald said. A group ride would be held at the end of the year with all course participants.

The Mash Trust, a support service for people with psychiatric, intellectual or physical disability or illness, created the Healthy Lifestyles programme to provide and promote leisure, recreational and vocational opportunities to enhance people and whanau community connectedness and participation.

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