An event to encourage cycling amongst disabled people has been announced today.
Activate Coast and Countryside, a Sport England funded scheme, is running the event at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest in partnership with Wessex Accessible Cycling Club (WACC). This will provide cycling opportunities for those who are unable to ride a conventional bicycle.
A range of equipment will be available to participants including hand cycles, trikes and trailer bikes so that those with a wide variety of impairments can enjoy the open day. An inclusive cycling officer from the national cycling charity CTC will also be present on the day and will be bringing 12 additional adaptive cycles.
Karl Prince, Healthy Lifestyle Ranger who coordinates the Activate Coast and Countryside scheme, said: “We are currently running weekly accessible cycling sessions. The idea behind the open days is to make it accessible to everyone to come and have a go, which will hopefully lead to them coming back to us on a regular basis.”
He added: “There are lots of different activities out there but a lot of the time, they’re not available for people with adaptive needs. The open day is a crucial part of the scheme because it gives people a chance to come and try it without the apprehension that they’re committing themselves to something long-term.”
The accessible cycling scheme at Moors Valley Country Park and Forest has been running for six weeks and this open day will be held for the first time on the 21st June.
The event coincides with National Bike Week, which runs from the 14th to the 22nd June, where there will be a free mountain bike orienteering challenge and family cycling safari, so all can get involved.
A number of other activities are happening across Dorset to celebrate the benefits of cycling, to find your nearest event use the calendar below.
Find out about cycle safety in Bournemouth below: