This article was published in 2003, in Newsletter 48.
In March, London Cycling Campaign (LCC) launched its All Abilities Cycling Group. LCC believes that cycling is possible for people of all abilities and that people are generally unaware of specialised cycles. The group has been established to help publicise cycling and to show that anyone can do it.
LCC also publishes the All Ability Cycling Guide, with lots of information on people, places, clubs, trainers, holidays, specialist bikes and tandem suppliers – including contact details for over 50 organisations that can help people with disabilities to get the most out of cycling. The colour, A5 guide is 16 pages long; to order a copy, send your address and a cheque for £3.50 payable to London Cycling Campaign, to LCC, Unit 228, 30 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0HS, and write All Ability Cycling Guide on the back of the cheque. The guide will be updated later this year with the support of Transport for London.
The Company of Cyclists also has a Special Needs Cycling fact sheet, with long lists of manufacturers, associations and contacts. To find the sheet, go to www.getcycling.info, and click on the ‘All About Cycling’ link.
|Hand-cranked cycle at the Company of Cyclists’ Special Needs Roadshow in Dundee|
Locally, D-Tek in Little Thetford (near Ely) stock a wide variety of special needs bikes, including wheelchair tandems and hand-cranked machines, as well as recumbents in many shapes and sizes. They also have a fleet of machines for hire and offer trial runs out into the countryside. They are experienced in adapting all sorts of bikes, offering ‘cycling for those who won’t say “can’t”‘. (01353) 648177.
Finally, if you know someone who would like to try out specially adapted cycles (or a variety of other sports, for that matter) closer to Cambridge, the City Council’s Sports Development Service holds occasional Disability Sports Festivals. For information about future events, contact Genevieve Ahl on (01223) 457535.