Tweed Heads residents who are new to bike riding are being urged to register for one of two free cycle skills training programs being held on Wednesday 16 January.

Member for Tweed Geoff Provest said the training program run by Just Ride Cycles aims to build cycling skills and confidence within the community, with each participant to receive a free safety kit including maintenance accessories. Only 20 spaces are available in each session so register early.

“Bike riding is a great activity for the whole family and this training is aimed at beginner to intermediate riders aged 16 and over,” Mr Provest said.

“We want to teach residents the basics of bicycle safety so they are confident and educated riders.

“Cycling is a healthy, easy, fun and a low-cost alternative to driving for short trips.

“The free skills course is great for anyone looking to improve their confidence for recreational cycling or switching modes of transport. It will help attendees to master the basics.”

Participants will need to bring along their bikes and the training will take them through a basic check to make sure it’s set up correctly and the brakes, chain and tyres are in good working order.

The training also shows participants how to wear a helmet correctly and explains road safety issues, some basic road rules and bicycle handling.

The program has been coordinated by Roads and Maritime Services in partnership with Tweed Shire Council.

Bookings are essential by emailing or calling 0437 168 523.

The workshop will be held from 9.30am to 11.30am and 1pm to 3pm on Wednesday 16 January at Arkinstall Park, Tweed Heads South.