Last Thursday, the second week of the training, was “a fantastic day” to Mrs Nietcho. It was her first time to ride a bike, and she could already bike just after two hours of lessons.
Mrs Nietcho whose children enjoy cycling said: “I am over the moon and can’t wait to race with my children. The trainers are very professional, and I appreciate their patience and commitment.”
Laurie is one of the trainers, he is from Bike for Good and works on the Wheel Being project, he said: “We are trying to improve well-being through cycling. We teach people how to bike and to help others to enhance their biking skills. It’s a really fulfilling job.
“The learners are doing well. It’s challenging but rewarding. It can be difficult to see people getting frustrated with themselves but it’s our job, we have to be patient.”
Cycling is a good way of exercising, and Vera Hayibor, one of the development officer for AWCCI, believes African Woman should give it a go.
“Most African women don’t know how to ride, and this initiative is to empower them…The lessons are for beginners, those who have never ride a bike – and pedallers, those who have pedalled before.
“At the end of this cycling lessons, a bike club is going to be set up, and there will be a lead ride from one end of Glasgow to another end,” Vera said.
Vera represents Empower Women for Change in the consortium; the Esther’s Company and African Women Empowerment are other members of AWCCI.
The group of associations leads many other initiatives to “help African women and their families in Glasgow to help reducing climate change effect through reducing energy consumption, managing travel and adopt low carbon lifestyle.”