LCC helps Redbridge Cycle Centre go all ability

Redbridge Cycle Centre

On 17 September 2009, all-ability groups and other stakeholders were invited by Vision Redbridge to Redbridge Cycle track at Hog Hill to launch a new range of specially adapted bikes.

The event, organised jointly by LCC and Vision Redbridge (which manages the centre) was attended by over 40 people from disability groups and the local community, including representatives from local day-care centres.

Until recently, Redbridge Cycle track lacked facilities for people with special needs or disabilities. However, following a successful application to the Community Cycling Fund for London (administered by LCC), the centre secured funding for a range of specialist and adapted bikes.

Ian Coles, centre manager said, "This is such a fantastic place to cycle, and we want to make sure that people of all abilities get to experience the top-class facilities."

Free access to adapted bikes

Vision Redbridge don't charge for the use of the bikes and many of their staff have been donating their time to support the project.

Staff members are currently being trained via the Bikeworks disability 'bolt-on' course, which provides experience of working with people of all abilities, identifying potential risks, and allocating bikes most suited to an individual’s needs.

Mags Reinig of the LCC community team said, "I was amazed to see how much enjoyment some of the attendees got out of trying the different bikes at the launch event."

"People with mild to severe learning disabilities, and with little or no verbal communication skills were all smiles. Even without language it was clear how much enjoyment they got out of riding the trikes and tandems around the circuit."

If you're interested in finding out more, contact Ian Coles on 020 8500 9359 or visit the centre’s website using the link on the right.

Fact file:

Project: Adapted bikes and activities for children and adults with disabilities.
Purpose: Funding from the Community cycling fund for London in 2009 to make the centre fully accessible.
Awarded: £3,455
Activities: Weekly special needs cycling sessions for adults and children.

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