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New 'Inclusive' Sky Ride Local Offers Cycling for All
Blackpool sees first ‘inclusive' Sky Ride Local in partnership with Cycling Projects
On 17th July 2011, Blackpool's new Palatine Cycle Circuit hosted the first of four pilot ‘inclusive' Sky Ride Local events, delivered in partnership with inclusive cycling charity Cycling Projects.
Braving some typical British summer weather, Local Sky Ride Leaders together with the team from Cycling Projects offered both able bodied riders and those with disabilities the chance to ride the traffic-free Palatine Cycle Circuit.
Cycling Projects, based in Warrington, provided a range of specialist cycles, including a side-by-side hand cycle, solo hand cycles, trikes, quads and a wheelchair tandem, while British Cycling qualified Sky Ride Leaders were on hand to offer support, advice and encouragement to those who took part.
The inclusive Sky Ride Local is the first fruition of a new relationship between British Cycling and Cycling Projects with further work including the development of a model for an inclusive cycle club, and for inclusive recreational cycling programmes.
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Stewart Kellett, Director, Recreation and Partnerships British Cycling said ‘British Cycling shares Cycling Projects' vision to ensure that cycling is accessible to all. In particular we are keen to learn from their experience of increasing recreational cycling opportunities for people with disabilities or differing needs. As we aim to get 1 million more people onto a bike it's hugely important to British Cycling that everyone who would like to get involved in cycling has the opportunity to do so.'
Ian Tierney, Director, Cycling Projects said: ‘Cycling Projects is proud to work with British Cycling as the national governing body for cycling as it inspires the nation to get involved in cycling at all levels. We are delighted to share our experience with British Cycling and its partners. Our Wheels for All programme for people with disabilities gives individuals, carers and support staff the knowledge and 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. Working together Cycling Projects and British Cycling can inform the debate on inclusive cycling, and help clubs, councils and facilities learn from our practical experience.'
There are three further inclusive Sky Ride Local events on the calendar:
If you'd like to take part in any of these rides and have a specific enquiries or require access to adapted bikes, contact David Pownall on 01925 234213.