Accessible cycling programme to ensure inclusivity at new Stratford cycle track - The Stratford Observer
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8th Aug, 2022

Accessible cycling programme to ensure inclusivity at new Stratford cycle track

AN ACCESSIBLE cycling programme is launching in Stratford to ensure people of all abilities have a chance to get on their bike.

Organiser Heart of England Mencap, which supports people with learning disabilities, is hosting free sessions for anyone who wants to try out an adaptive bike, on Thursday July 22.

It has been made possible thanks to a new cycling track being built on the Recreation Ground as part of the Riverside Project led by Stratford District Council and Stratford Town Trust.

Residents are invited to take a spin, with fully trained staff from Heart of England Mencap and Cycling Projects – the national inclusive cycling charity – on hand for support.

Mencap spokeswoman Kate Buttrick said: “Our accessible cycling programme is open to everyone and not just to the people we support. It’s a chance to get outdoors, learn something new, improve fitness and confidence, but also to help promote a more inclusive and accessible society within Warwickshire.”

The organisation has five adapted bikes – including tricycles and hand cycles – and will be looking to add to its fleet.

Staff from across the charity’s services have been trained by Cycling Projects in all aspects of safety and cycling support and will be looking to open up opportunities for adaptive cycling seven days a week.

The open day will run between 10am and 3pm on the track at the Recreation Ground. Places need to be booked in advance by emailing kbuttrick@heartofenglandmencap.org.uk.

 

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