The emphasis will be social, but unlike in this file photo, you must wear a helmet!
If you would like to take up cycling in a gentle, more socially oriented way, then you might be interested in the Axa Community Bike Rides.
These are free social leisure rides organised in local communities around the county. The main aim is to help people connect with others and meet new people in a friendly non competitive environment and to help people improve their fitness and gain confidence on their bikes.
Participants do not need to have fancy bikes, but do need to have one that is roadworthy and to wear a helmet.
When they sign up at axacommunitybikes.com they are automatically insured on the cycle by axa. There will be a trained leader with the groups of no more than eight people.
“All abilities welcome and we will ensure that we make time for a coffee and a chat either during or after the cycle,” says Ailish Harney, secretary of Athy Cycling Club.
“Nobody will be left behind.”
There will be community bike rides organised in Athy, Nurney, Kildare and Clane in the coming weeks.
The first bike ride is taking place in Athy on this Saturday September 14 at 10am.
The next outing is on 21st September, also from Athy.
“When people go to the website they can search for a ride in Kildare to see what suits them best. We would love to see this take off in Kildare.”