Cycling for all - EcoLocal in Sutton
EcoLocal's Get Cycling! makes available a whole range of bikes from standard to tandems and trikes offering the chance for adults of all ages and abilities to enjoy and learn to cycle at their own pace.
With fully accredited cycling instructors available for advice and support, people from across Sutton and beyond have benefited from this scheme.
Lynne Smithard, a recent new recruit to the project, says: 'I wanted to start cycling again. So I thought I’d come here to have go. It’s been absolutely brilliant. It’s off road, no traffic, there are bikes to use, and fantastic instructors to help you. I’ve been able to ride round by myself after two sessions.'
Other users have gained as much and more from the cycling activities.
Joe Turk, 62, had never ridden a bike in his life and wanted to gain confidence. 'By the third session I was able to cycle all round the track on my own!' said Joe.
Barbara Walters joined the scheme as a way to get some exercise: 'I thought I’d try the trikes as a way to keep fit and healthy.'
If you are based in or around Sutton, why not go to one of the sessions and give it a try?
Sessions do not need to be booked and you can simply come along and have a go. The sessions are informal and held in safe off-road environment.
EcoLocal provides a range of bikes and trikes to accommodate everyone and can over National Standards Level 1 training on site.
Sessions are on Thursdays 11.30-12.30pm, Sutton Arena, Middleton Road, Carshalton SM5 1SL. Sessions are £3 per person.
To go to EcoLocal's website, use the link on the right.