Launch of the ‘You Can Bike Too’ cycling project

This article was published in 2012, in Newsletter 102.

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An ‘All Ability’ Cycling Project Team led by people with disabilities is seeking to encourage more people to cycle. The project will establish an all-inclusive club at a safe off-road facility where people with and without disabilities can cycle together.

The launch event took place on 4 April, a wet and windy day, at Milton Country Park. The project currently has four adaptive bikes and five two-wheelers for people to cycle together, and additional bikes were brought to the event by Cycling Project ‘Wheels For all’ and Ashfield Bikes from Wisbech. This gave the visitors a ‘taster’ of what bikes are available and what it is possible for them to do!

Two hundred visitors turned up despite the rain and the event was deemed a fantastic success. The adaptive bikes were ridden by 74 people, some of whom had never ridden before. People with and without disabilities spoke enthusiastically about the event.

Here are a few of the comments from the day:

“I haven’t been on a bike for years – good to come back on it!” Samantha

“The side by side companion bike was fantastic”. Robin

“Feel the wind…makes me fly away!” Chris

“Awesome. Wicked. More easier for me to bike. I like pedalling fast”. Anne Marie

“It is so companiable – families or friends can get out and have fun together”. Ian Nimmo-Smith (Mayor).

The project is now seeking funding to buy more adaptive cycles so even more people can experience the opportunity to cycle. Sessions are being planned so that groups can cycle together in the park.

John Lewis has chosen ‘You Can Bike Too’ as one of their community projects to support. If you go to their café in their central Cambridge store and purchase a drink you will be given a green token – please put it in the You Can Bike Too box!

Bikes are currently available to hire in Milton Country Park on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11.00am to 4.00pm at £5 an hour. Phone Milton Country Park to book on 01223 420060.

For more information about this project contact Ruth Brannan on 07521 905448 or email ruth@theyoucanhub.org.uk