The success of Cycling for Seniors



12 April 2021


Seniors are re-gaining the skills and confidence to ride, through the free and fun Cycling for Seniors course.

Since it began two years ago, 19 people aged 50+ have taken part in the programme run by the Safe and Sustainable Journeys team at Council.

The seven-hour course is spread over three days and includes a presentation on the health benefits of riding a bike; how to fit a helmet correctly; and how to perform a bike safety check. The last day includes a practical training session along the road and shared paths in Rotorua.

Safe and Sustainable Journeys Manager, Niki Carling says that the benefits for participants go much further than practical bike skills.

“The course goes right back to basics, including how to ride safely around other cyclists, pedestrians or drivers. The team have taught seniors who haven’t ridden a bike since they were a child, or never learned to ride a bike in the first place.” 

“We love seeing the growth in confidence. Many begin nervous and reserved, and finish riding confidently with huge smiles on their faces. Biking creates a sense of freedom and independence that seniors can lose as they get older, and Cycling for Seniors helps them to claim that back.  ”

Funding for the course comes from Rotorua Lakes Council and Waka Kotahi - NZ Transport Agency.


Testimonies from previous participants:

“Loved it, so excited to get back on my bike after 10 years, I have found a new passion for it again as I gained some great skills on this course and most of all confidence! I am even looking at buying a new bike, I love it that much.”

“Purchased a new bike, but had no training so was referred to this course which was brilliant. I learnt some great tips, and now my bike is set up correctly for me it is much easier to ride.“

“I wanted to buy a bike and had no idea where to begin, but by being able to ride an e-bike I realise now that this is the way to go and have since purchased one.”


The course is available for those aged 50 plus, and for all levels of riding ability. Loan bikes and helmets are available on request.

There are places available in the next Cycling for Seniors course later this month, on 27, 28 and 29 April.

For more information or to register, email or phone 07 348 4199.


Page reviewed: 12 Apr 2021 4:30pm