Ride On – Cycling for All is proud to announce a working partnership with Cycling Projects and the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC – the national cycling charity) to develop a “Wheels for All” Inclusive Cycling Centre for people with disabilities or differing needs for the communities of Exeter.
The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.
All the centres are equipped with specially adapted cycles and Wheels for All trained leaders, who have the knowledge and confidence to work with adapted cycles for participants to enjoy the benefits of cycling. The centres welcome individuals, groups and families to be involved.
Wheels For All Training gives individuals, carers and support staff the confidence to work with adapted cycles for their clients or family member so that all can enjoy the benefits of cycling in a sociable environment. We even provide the adapted cycles so everyone can get involved.
Cycling Projects works with occupational therapists, sports development, local councils, Primary Care Trusts’ care support staff, as well as the support staff and parents of those preexisting services users.
There are currently over 50 Wheels for All centres across England, Wales and Scotland.
For information about Cycling Projects – Wheels for All centres please see http://www.cycling.org.uk/wfa/intro
Or contact Ian Tierney 01925 234213 [email protected]
What is inclusive cycling?
Cycling is inclusive; it’s for all abilities. No matter what personal challenges you need to overcome, there is a cycle to suite your needs. Adapted cycles are used by people all over the country to get around or as a leisure activity, but if you’re not confident or unable to cycle around independently, then there are inclusive cycle centres that can help.
Inclusive cycle centres provide a safe environment to cycle, with routes that cater for adapted bikes, where individuals, friends and families can cycle together. They attract a diverse range of users, including:
- Children or adults with special education needs
- Children or adults with a range of disabilities
- Families of mixed abilities
- People with weight management or health goals
- The elderly
- Reduced/little mobility (including wheelchair users, amputees, and coordination problems)
- Visual impairments
- Mental health issues
- Recuperation after ill health or after an operation
- Dementia and dementia-related diseases (such as Alzheimer’s)
- Stroke recovery
- Inexperienced cyclists
Think you’re not covered by the above list? Contact your nearest inclusive cycle centre to find out more!
Why don’t you contact us and find out more about Wheels for All?
Some of the opportunities include:
- Try out adapted cycles (with the support from Ride On volunteers)
- Have your say in the planned Wheels for All inclusive cycling programme for Exeter
- Find out about potential training available and how you can access the adapted bike fleet yourselves.
- Learn how to get involved as a volunteer or a sponsor for the development of the Wheels For All centre.
Please Call or email Graham Heysett: Ride On – Exeter Wheels for All Co-ordinator;
Mobile: 07777 668197 Email: [email protected]
Success to date
Two ‘Wheels for All’ taster events were held in the city in February 2015.
At each event Cycling Projects provided a broad range of adapted cycles with support from skilled and experienced staff offering activities to all abilities and all ages.These Wheels for All events acted as an opportunity to engage with the communities to determine the development of a future Wheels for All centre for Exeter.
We are planning three further taster events in 2015 (late May/Early June, 29th July at the Devon Blue Light Day and mid-September) to build momentum for the Wheels for All service across the city. Further details will be posted on our Ride On website and Facebook Page.