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Accessible Cycling for people with disabilities

February 2010 saw the launch of a new cycling class specifically for people with disabilities and learning difficulties in Swindon. Since then, the range of bikes has grown and the classes are full.
Cycling For All, disability bikes at the County Ground, Swindon

Thanks to the Big Lottery Fund, we were able to purchase over 20 different specially adapted bikes to be used at the County Ground running track on a weekly basis. What started as a once a week class for the general public turned into a twice a week open class with four additional privately booked sessions per week. This doesn’t include one-off events and summer courses.

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CTC Inclusive Cycling Directory

As part of its work to promote inclusive cycling, CTC has produced an on-line UK-wide directory of cycles and facilities for people who have special needs due to disability or illness.
UK Map

If you want to know what opportunities there are for inclusive cycling in your area, CTC is here to help.

Centres which provide access to adapted or specialised bikes/trikes/tandems etc. are now accessible via a UK map on the Inclusive Cycling page of CTC’s website. The directory is aimed at individuals, carers and group organisers who are planning inclusive cycling activities.

Use the directory via the map on the Inclusive Cycling Page

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Lording it up in Sheffield at the Disability Games

The annual Duke of Edinburgh Disability Games are held at the Institute of Sport in Sheffield, using the same multi-use indoor track that Olympic hopeful Jessica Ennis uses for training. CTC Cycling Development Officer Steve Marsden describes this year's event.
The Lord Mayor of Sheffield tries out an adapted cycle

The day was grey and looking like we were in for another wet one. it was my first day back and i was looking forward to the Disability Games. We have been involved with the games for the past 3 years and it has always been sunny and dry.

Children come from all over the Yorkshire and Humberside region and it is always very well attended. The participants do a variety of different sports including bocha, javelin, archery and, of course, cycling.

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CTC's Anna Cipullo helps a rider with an incurable illness to get back in the saddle

Recently I met a forty-something lady called Amanda Nelson from Swindon. Amanda has been a strong gym-addict, road cyclist and mountain biker all her life, but twenty months ago she was diagnosed with an incurable neurological disorder called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
Amanda Nelson on the back of a tandem

Since then her left leg has deteriorated and become sensitive to the slightest touch and movement. She is now unable to walk without the aid of crutches and, for longer distances, uses a mobility scooter.

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Everybody Active - safe cycling sessions for adults with disabilities in Reading

Everybody Active is a cycling session run each week on a Wednesday. The sessions provide the opportunity for adults with disabilities to cycle in a safe environment.
All ability cyclists take to the track in Reading

Since the launch of the Everybody Active cycling sessions, we have seen numbers of attendees increase and already we have ten regular participants who turn up whatever the weather.

The sessions have been such a success that there are now two every Wednesday between 10am and 12pm at Palmer Park, Reading.

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Guide to adapted cycles

Adapted cycles make cycling accessible to all, whatever your personal challenges. There are a wide range of disability cycles that suit people with a variety of learning and physical disabilities, as well as health issues. Here is a brief overview of what bikes are available.
An example of an adapted cycle - an upright hand cycle

This is an introduction to adapted bikes, but it is also important to remember that it's possible to modify a standard 2-wheel bike to suit your needs (e.g. by wiring brakes and gears onto one handle, adding a foot plate to a pedal or increasing handle bar height).

We mention a few particular manufacturers of disability cycles, but there are many other good makers all over the world - so it's worth exploring further.

Inclusive Cycling

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Using an adapted cycle is a fantastic way for everyone to have fun, gain more independence and enjoy a sense of freedom. Whatever type of cycle, adaptation or support you need there is likely to be a solution, whether you have a disability, lack balance or want to improve your confidence.

CTC Affiliated Clubs

CTC, the national cycling charity, is working with Cycling Projects to get more people riding on adapted cycles in England. 
We're building on the excellent network of Wheels for All centres, providing a joined up approach across the country to enable more people than ever to get out and about by bike.
 
By choosing a CTC affiliated club you can be sure of the best equipment, resources and staff.
 
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