Sydney Bike Skills
To create a company that provides excellence in teaching and coaching bicycle skills (both on road and off road), by making it fun and safe. The outcomes are more proficient riders, and the improved health and wellbeing of participants. Another goal is to provide commuters with the skills necessary to ride to work safely and therefore help reduce traffic accidents and car fuel emissions.
''Can't thank you enough Lisa for showing me,(mountain bike skills and tips),but more importantly, for challenging me"
Chris Belyea- Intermediate Mountain Bike Skills Lesson Participant.
“A fantastic teacher, full of patience and really clear. I will be contacting Lisa for some private follow up lessons.”
Francesca Ferrari-mother of Alexandra (9 years old)
“The girls had a great time and loved the fact that they made huge progress.”
Sophie Tavener-mother of Jemima and Poppy (9 years old)
"I recommend this program, particularly for the stage 2 students, as this is an excellent support for bike safety units. The staff are very professional and extremely confident in their management of the students. My group would have happily continued their lesson for another couple of hours!” Jules McKenzie- Assistant Principal North Narrabeen Public School
“Sydney Bike Skills ran a most practical course with our primary school students that covered cycling, basic bike maintenance and road safety. The students improved their riding skills and gained valuable knowledge during their sessions. The staff had a great rapport with the children, were highly organised and effective." Margaret Lesley-Assistant Principal Willoughby Public School.
Steering Away From Conflict: Narrabeen Resident Teaches Cyclist Etiquette
By Charis Chang
Lisa McHarg, owner of Sydney Bike Skills, teaches people how to ride a bike.
LISA McHarg is on a mission to teach riding etiquette to cyclists.
And as cycling grows in popularity, the Narrabeen resident, who runs Sydney Bike Skills, has found a growing need to pass on skills to reduce conflict between cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
Ms McHarg said it was easy for adults to get
back on a bike, but knowing how to ride in traffic and on shared pathways was tougher.
"People can ride around Narrabeen Lake, which I'm really pleased with, but I often walk there and people do come up behind you and zoom past."
"Cyclists are not aware that it's quite scary when they fly past at a great speed."
Ms McHarg said cyclists could avoid much of the angst directed at them by simply ringing their bell early so people had time to react.
Some people also had trouble riding in a straight line and looking over their right shoulder at the same time.
Since starting her business a year ago, Ms McHarg said there had been increasing interest from corporate businesses in hosting presentations on bike safety for their employees.
She also does workshops with councils and schools as well as one-on-one lessons for children and adults on riding or learning mountain biking skills.
* When passing pedestrians, ring your bell and ring it early
* Choose the right place and time to ride two abreast on roads.
"Thanks. I think this has significantly improved my mountain bike skill level and psychology to attempt more demanding exercises."
Dorian Munting Adult Intermediate Mountain Bike Skills Lesson
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