Slaithwaite taxi drivers will be amongst those peddling their way to health as a new cycling group rolls into town on tomorrow.
Streetbikes is behind the bid to get villagers cycling crazy in the run up to the Yorkshire leg of the Tour de France this July by joining the Slaithwaite Community Cycling Club.
The not-for-profit company’s founder Gill Greaves wants people of all ages and abilities to get involved in the free rides, and is particularly keen to encourage those who normally would not cycle.
The bike rides will run every Wednesday from 5.30 to 7.30pm from Slaithwaite Youth Club, with bicycles and helmets provided free of charge.
The new group will initially be led by the organisation’s trained leaders, but Gill hopes that it will become self-sustainable after a large bike riding tour to Huddersfield on May 31.
Gill, who has been working with Kirklees and Calderdale schools, community groups and less advantaged residents since 2010, said: “It’s an extension of that project with Colne Valley High School.
“Even if someone has no cycling experience we will train them at the club and will have two rides for different abilities.
“Not only is cycling a good way to keep fit but it can help with medical conditions such as depression, balance problems and arthritis.
“It’s also a great way to get involved with the community.
“There are some great routes to take advantage of and it will be good training for the tour.”
Slawit and Golcar Taxis owner Jeff Dunn said: “I’ve got four of my middle aged guys, who sit on their bum all day, to take part.
“It will be good for their health and we hope we’ll be able to support the community through it.”
Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Gill on 0783773417.