[CAMWEST-discuss] Seniors Week

Ian Macindoe imacian at bigpond.net.au
Mon Aug 28 23:59:19 UTC 2006

It's basically a good idea, John, although I'm not confident that you'd attract a sufficient number of seniors to make it worthwhile. My six rides earlier this year were aimed at seniors originally and were publicised at meetings of the National Seniors Association (Parramatta Evening Branch) which usually has about 70 people in attendance. One couple took it up. Maybe as the oil depletion bites (really hard in a few years from now) there'd be more incentive for the old folks to get back to cycling. If there was some way you could be sure of getting a dozen oldies along before putting in an application for funds, that would be the way to go. Might be worthwhile exploring this with the appropriate people in the Parramatta City Council (also Holroyd, Baulkham Hills, Blacktown and Auburn).
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      I have an idea for Seniors Week & have had a look at their funding guidelines. Individuals are unable to apply as I assume it would have something to do with insurance & public liability etc, so I was wondering what the feeling of CamWest members would be.

  The idea I had was to have a one or two day workshop for seniors to introduce or reintroduce them to cycling. I would envisage the workshop covering topics such as selecting a bike, basic maintenance, what the different parts of the bike do ( I am not quite a senior but I grew up with single speed bikes & back pedal brakes), road rules, basic riding techniques, exercises etc,. I have a couple of mates who are Police Bicycle Instructors who have approval and accreditation to run this type of course as secondary employment & they are willing to provide their expertise for costs. I can probably do a bit better than that with them if I try. I am sure that one of the bike shops in the Parramatta area could be persuaded to assist with some basic maintenance.

  What is the feeling of other members?

  John Holstein
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