An inclusive, cycling initiative for adapted bikes begins in Gloucester.
With the help, of the Postcode Community Trust, we are pleased to announce the start of a new Wheels for All initiative at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track in Gloucester. Offering 24 adapted bikes, catering for a wide range of abilities, to be as inclusive as possible. Including varying styles of trikes from recumbent, straight framed to side by side; handcycles, including, single and side by side; a wheelchair bike as well and 3 wheelchair transporters.
On the 14th March we are having Open Launch/Day running from 10am-4pm, at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, Podsmead Road, Gloucester, GL1 5TX. To confirm attendance please RSVP to Mary Clare Faulkner, with details below. There will be refreshments, toilet facilities and a range of activities on offer.
3 sessions a week are on offer, on the track for ages 8 and up, on Tuesday and Friday afternoon between 3.00pm and 6.00pm and on Sunday between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
Coaching and support is given, but not at a 1 to 1 level, so parents/staff/carers will be required to get actively involved with the sessions. Bike hire is £5 an hour including helmet and track fee. However your first session is free!
If you are interested in what is on offer please get in touch with via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone or text on: 07393867572.
Alternatively visit our facebook page: Gloucestershire Wheels for All
Thanks also go to the staff, residents and volunteers of Gloucestershire House, the Leonard Cheshire Disability residential home in Cheltenham for helping raise funds for 4 bikes and the Summerfield Trust for helping raise funds for 2 more.
Two Community Cycling Workshops in Merseyside.
With the joint efforts of Cycling Projects & Merseyside Sports Partnership, in the next two weeks, we will be hosting a community-cycling workshops in two Merseyside locations, to celebrate the work of our community projects, Wheels for All and Pedal Away.
Celebrating the commitment and hard work of not just those who run the sessions but those who come to them, helping us to weave cycling into lifestyle, be it on push bikes on our Pedal Away rides, or on the range of adapted cycles we use in the Wheels for All sessions.
The work Cycling Projects does across Merseyside is done with varying partners but we would love to keep growing, and we are looking to raise the profile of Cycling Projects, as well showcasing the achievements thus far across Merseyside. Plus, engaging with a wider audience and looking to create new working partnerships.
Workshop Dates and Locations.
Tuesday 28th February
11am – 1pm
Knowsley Velodrome, Longview Drive, Huyton
Get a tour of the velodrome.
Thursday 2nd March
11am – 1pm
Birkenhead Park Visitor Centre
Try out wheels for all in the park.
Please confirm your attendance by replying to Julie via:
Weaving cycling into lifestyle, accessible and regular activities
embracing all regardless of ability.
Upcoming Wheels for All Leader Training.
We are pleased to announce that in the coming weeks and months, we have a range of Wheels for All leader and maintenance training courses on offer in Greater Manchester, running in Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Stockport.
The course is both practical and theoretical, offering modules on the wide range of adapted cycles we use, risk assessments, client assessment, instruction skills, cycle development and progression as well as session planning and delivery.
The training is aimed at a varied professions and organisations from parents, health professionals, care and supports worker to physios, occupational therapists and teachers.
With the training you will be qualified to deliver inclusive cycling activities for people with disabilities and differing needs.
As well as the leader course on offer we have maintenance courses on offer with basic level courses for the maintenance of the adapted cycles we use, and an advanced course if you maintain your own adapted cycles.
Thursday 23.2.17 Bolton Wheels for All Leader Course. 9.30-4.00
Leverhulme Park Community Centre, Long Land, BL2 6EB.
Wednesday 8.3.17 Tameside Wheels for All Leader 9.30-4.00
Thursday 23.3.17 Tameside Wheels for All Maintenance – Basic 9.30-4.30
Thursday 30.3.17 Tameside Wheels for All Maintenance – Advanced 9.30-4.00
Tameside Cycle Circuit, 159 Richmond St, Ashton-under-Lyne OL7 9HG
Thursday 9.3.17 Rochdale Wheels for All Maintenance – Basic 9.30-4.30
Thursday 17.3.17 Rochdale Wheels for All Maintenance – Advanced 9.30-4.30
Wednesday 29.3.17 Rochdale Wheels for All Leader 9.30-4.00
Bowlee Sports Centre, Windermere Road, Middleton M24 4LA
Thursday 23.3.17 & 30.3.17 Stockport Wheels for All Leader 10.00-1.00
(Delegated must attend the course of both half days.)
Woodbank Athletics Stadium, Turncroft Lane, Woodbank Park, Stockport SK1 4JR
Hermine Briffa: 01925 234213 – email@example.com
Cycling Projects, 3 Priory Court, Buttermarket Street, Warrington, WA1 2NP. www.cycling.org.uk
Yes we are in the depths of winter, but that doesn’t mean there can’t be any inclusive cycling activity for those people who want their cycling all year round, as we are able to offer indoor inclusive cycling in different settings.
There are a number of Wheels for All centres across the country who offer indoor sessions in leisure centres, school sports halls and even aircraft hangers!!
All year round Wheels for All activities can be found in Preston, Leatherhead, Bath, Leicester, Wigan and Cannock.
So come on down and try out the indoor Wheels for All experience….
For more information on the locations of Wheels for All inclusive cycling at indoor facilities please contact Cycling Projects office on 01925 234213 or email firstname.lastname@example.org,uk
We are really looking forward to a very busy day at the Five Rivers Leisure Centre on Monday 21st November whereby we will be bringing Wheels for All activities to children, adults and the elderly.
The Try Out event is being delivered in partnership with Wiltshire County Council through the Disability Sports development team at the council.
The aim is to gather momentum and ongoing interest for the creation of a permanent Wheels for All offer for all abilities across South Wiltshire and beyond.
We are aware that here is currently very little provision for inclusive cycling across the county of Wiltshire and the aim of this partnership is to create a regular Wheels for All programme for the communuties of South Wilthsire in Salisbury accessible for everyone regardless of their ability.
If you would like to know more about the event and get involved then please contact Robert Paget on 01722 434770 or email email@example.com
Through our Pedal Away initiative we have recently delivered another exceptional Great Pedal Away Challenge which offers rider a chance to take on the challenge of either a 10 mile or a 40 mile tour of the borough of Knowsley.
Over 140 riders took part in the challenge event which showcases the cycle trails, greenways and countryside in and around Knowsley.
We had exceptional weather on the day making it ideal for the cycle challenge.
Every person that entered the event raised funds for the charity Cycling Projects and with the added incentive of those rasing over a £100 receiving a limited edition Cycling Projects cycle jersey!
All proceeds will go towards increasing the fleet of adapted cycles at our Wheels for All centres in Halewood.
A huge thank you goes out to all the riders who completed the events – your support is very much appreciated and of course we really want to thank all the volunteers and partners who made this event such a success – it really couldn’t have happened without you!!
The plans for The Great Pedal Away Challenge event 2017 are for bigger and better things perhaps stretching into neighboring boroughs….so watch this space for further updates..
Fancy a challenge?! How’s about riding 50, 80 or 100 miles in the Marlow Red Kite sportive this September!
This is a great example of two cycling worlds coming together: you may be capable of riding 100 miles in a lightening fast time, but in doing so you could be supporting someone to cycle round an athletics track for the first time.
We have developed a great partnership with the team at Red Kite and Marlow Riders, who are very kindly donating proceeds from their great event to go towards supporting Wheels for All activities in their area. Last year, the ride managed to raise £7,000 which was donated to the charity, Cyclists Fighting Cancer. This is an incredible achievement for an event organised by locals for all to enjoy, whilst supporting fantastic causes.
Colin Lavis, Director of Red Kite Sportive, commented: “it’s a great opportunity for us to help out a charitable cause. We know Wheels for All can bring the enjoyment of cycling in to many peoples’ lives and we’re proud to support this as an organisation”.
If you’re interested in taking part in the event, then act fast! As the popularity grows year on year, the entries fill up fast – you can find out more and register for the event here:
Entries are now open for this the fifth annual event – all four have sold out to date – with capacity again set at 700 entries.
Local club Marlow Riders pride themselves on providing a friendly atmosphere and good value for money with quality signage, comprehensive choice at the feed stations and three challenging routes: 50 mile, 80 and 100 miles.
All three routes travel through Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire passing over some of the highest parts of the Chilterns and then back into the Thames Valley.
Start and finish will again be at the Marlow Sports Club on the banks of the River Thames.
Three well sign-posted routes, three feed stations, electronic timing, ample parking at the start, showers at the finish and GPX routes to download before the event, are all being promised by the organisers.
And the Red Kite Ride finish area is again being designed to allow family and friends to gather to eat, drink and relax after their ride. The after event “theatre” will again be supported with on-air entertainment provided by Marlow FM radio station.
A new campaign to encourage more disabled people to be active was launched in July.
The Together We Will campaign looks to address the low number of disabled people who regularly take part in sport or exercise as highlighted in the most recent Sport England Active People Survey.
Results show that disabled people are half as likely to be active as non-disabled people. As one in five people in England have an impairment or long-term health condition, disabled people are a large proportion of everyone’s community. However, research highlights often disabled people do not find the opportunities accessible or appealing enough, or do not know where to go to find the right information.
Other insight shows that disabled people are keen to involve family and friends when being active and do not necessarily take part with just other disabled people. Fun is also highlighted as a key motivator for disabled people to be active.
The Wheels for All team attended a launch event at Clarence Park, Bury, along with well-known actor Will Mellor who is a championing the campaign. He is extremely passionate about ensuring more opportunities exist for disabled people. With lived experience of disabled people in his family, Will wants to help make a difference and spread the Together We Will message. He is joining in the campaign by raising awareness of the opportunities and organisations that can support disabled people to be more active.
To engage in an inclusive activity, why not visit any one of our many Wheels for All centres across the UK, by accessing our interactive map here
These pictures are from the fantastic WFA centre in Clarence Park, Bury: go along and join in the fun!!
To celebrate Wheels For All being 25 years old this year, the wonderful team at Salford held a fantastic birthday event which will live long in the memory.
We had over 300 people celebrating our birthday along with the 10 year celebrations for Salford Action for Autism.
A huge thank you goes to our special guest visitor Lamin Manneh, winner of 2 Bronze medals from the INVICTUS GAMES, who gave up his time to give medals out to all our participants today; it’s safe to say you made their day!
Thank you to Millie’s Grandma for our gorgeous cake and to all the volunteers, stall holders, families & trustees that helped make it a great day.
A special thank you to Worsley Rotary Club for their Dragons Den funding that made it possible and to Transport for Greater Manchester for all their support.
Salford Wheels for All offers several days a week of cycling activities from its base at Cleaveleys Track whereby there a fine range of cycles to support all needs and abilities.
If you’d like to get involved in Wheels for All in Salford, have a look at their page on our interactive WFA centre map.
We had some great feedback last week from Warrington Visually Impaired Peoples’ group who visited Marbury Country Park to trial our Wheels for All session there.
Whilst the park itself is such a beautiful venue, we feel we are able to add to the experience by enjoying the surroundings on an adapted cycle. Many of the visually impaired people hadn’t cycled before so it was a first for many of the them to have the wind in their hair and the smiles cycling brings!
The group took this video of them setting off on their maiden voyage from our WFA hub at the Rangers Centre:
You’ll also see Pete in the video, our trusted and valued WFA volunteer who leads the sessions along with Dave, without whom these sessions wouldn’t take place. Thanks chaps!
WFA sessions run at Marbury Park every Wednesday 10am – 3pm.