Learn to ride a bicycle for free with The Daria Project

We invite DMU staff and students to follow in the shoes of DMU Placement Student, Daria Brazhnyk, and learn to ride a bike for the first time.

When Daria joined the Sustainability Team, she had never ridden a bike before but always wanted to learn, as it’s a sustainable way of transport.

Daria was among the one in eight adults in Britain that never learned to ride a bike, but thanks to the Sustainability Team and Leicester City Council, she turned herself from a cycling novice to a proficient cyclist.

She was taught by qualified cycling instructors. They worked together at a pace that suited Daria, and supplied her with a bike for the training sessions, as she did not have a bike of her own. The first training session was off-road in Bede Park, and Daria was practising holding the balance on the bike by gliding. After eight sessions, Daria could ride a bike by herself outside the Vijay Patel building.


Each step of her biking journey was documented, in the hopes that it would inspire others to bravely learn the ways of the bicycle. You can view her story on TikTok.

Through the Daria Project, the Sustainability Team and Leicester City Council are now offering DMU staff and students the opportunity to learn how to ride. The bike riding lessons are completely free, so, do not hesitate. If you have never ridden a bike before, register your interest and give it a go!

Posted on Tuesday 7th March 2023

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