Cycling in the Community
Braintree Easy Riders has been going for over seven years and is affiliated to Cycling UK. Regular cycling is a great exercise, can have huge health benefits and is very social. Active Braintree Foundation provided financial support to help grow the group for all ages and abilities.
Regardless of age or ability, group cycling can contribute to positive mental health and wellbeing by decreasing stress levels and aiding the recovery from depression. By holding Saturday learn to ride and Dr Bike sessions, Braintree Easy Riders were able to engage a new audience into cycling and instil confidence in participants cycling abilities.
The group has inspired many within the local community to join through highlighting the health benefits of cycling. However, with the great increase in participants the ‘Learn to Ride’ sessions have developed with the growth in confidence and fitness so they now struggle to provide suitable trainers for all abilities and this is something that will be developed in the future.
Braintree Easy Riders has continued to develop and encourage people to get on their bikes so that they might start and maintain the cycling ‘bug’. The social advantages of cycling were particularly demonstrated through the coronavirus crisis with groups staying in touch and offering smaller group rides.