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Sophia's story - a family who cycles together

Sophia's parents had always struggled to find activities that they could do together as a family. However, they discovered the 'You Can Bike Too' project, Sophia learnt to cycle and her family can now spend time together, exercising and having fun.
Sophia with her sister and dad riding one of the adapted cycles

Meet 11-year-old Sophia, who has a learning and physical disability. She lives with her parents Sonam and Anna-Lisa, her three-year-old sister and nine-month-old brother in Cambridge. Sonam and Anna-Lisa had struggled to find activities that they could do as a family that were suitable for Sophia and her toddler sister.

“It’s really important to have days out as a family, to be able to relax together and bond. I found it difficult to find any local activities for all the children to keep them happy at the same time.”

Olivia's story - cycling without limbs

When Olivia was two-years-old, she contracted Meningitis and had her lower legs and left arm amputated. She struggled to keep up with her friends who could cycle, but through the help of the inclusive cycling centre, Watchtree Wheelers, she's now riding her own bike.
Olivia cycling on her bike

Olivia first visited the Watchtree Wheelers with her mum in September 2012. They were looking to buy a trike so that she could go out cycling with her friends. On the first day, she tried a number of different adapted cycles, including trikes and four wheelers. Olivia was able to control the trike with just one hand and she was soon zooming around the car park grinning from ear to ear. Pedalling with her prosthetic legs wasn’t a problem so could she pedal a standard two-wheeled bike?

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The New Forest Gridiron comes of age

Last year, CTC Wessex's Gridiron in the New Forest in Dorset celebrated its 21st birthday, and this year's event took place on Sunday 12 October. The 100km route used mainly minor forest roads and took in many of the area's cattle grids, hence the name.
Gridiron rider

The New Forest ‘Commoners’ have the right to graze their animals in the forest and let them roam free. The cattle grids are there to keep them in the forest but not off the roads. If cattle, ponies, donkeys or pigs decide to cross the road, they will! 


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David's story - life after a stroke

David was a keen cyclist until a stroke significantly reduced his mobility and took his speech. After hearing about the All Ability Cycling project, David decided to give it ago, and he never looked back.
David on his trike with his grandchildren

David Watts was passionate about cycling, and would cycle long distances often covering up to several thousand miles a year. Then, in January 2013, he suffered a stroke, which severely impaired his physical mobility and he had to stop.

David’s physiotherapist casually mentioned the All Ability Cycling Project, after hearing that he used to cycle. They had seen positive progress on the scheme with some of their other stroke patients, and felt that it might help boost David’s self esteem.

Laura's story - cycling for recuperation

Laura was a PE teacher, but a brain tumour triggered a stroke, leaving her paralysed down one side. Find out how an inclusive cycling centre helped her.
Laura and her mum on the side by side tandem
Laura was a PE teacher and loved all kinds of sports. Twelve years ago an operation to remove a brain tumour triggered a stroke, leaving her paralysed down one side. Through the help of an inclusive cycling centre, she is now cycling, keeping fit and having fun.
Laura had been fit and active all her life. Even after the stroke, she continued to do sports; joining a ski school for people with disabilities, and even leant to sail.
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Caroline's time to shine (again!)

Following her introduction to cycling some five years ago, CTC member Caroline Waugh has beome a champion for inclusive cycling in South Yorkshire and beyond. She was recently nominated for a Service to Disability Sport award.
Caroline Waugh's Disability Sports award

Some of you may already have heard about Caroline, who writes a blog called Iaintnotomato, and her work promoting inclusive cycling.


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Working at Wyre Wheels lifts Angela’s spirits

Angela’s mental health problems had left her feeling depressed and she shunned social situations. However, volunteering at Wyre Wheels has given Angela her life back; her confidence is up and she enjoys socialising again.
Girl hold an umbrella on a bike

It was Angela’s family that suggested she should do something to get her out of the house and raise her spirits; Angela had not left the house for a year! She was severely depressed, shied away from social situations and was unwilling to get involved in things.

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Biking without boundaries

Cycling is an activity which, as a rule, relies on you being able to see where you're going,so you might think that having a visual impairment would rule you out of taking part. But we all know that rules are there to be broken and, with a bit of help, pretty much anyone can cycle.
Lovely blue tricycle

I work for CTC as an Inclusive Cycling Development Officer. Along with partner organisation Cycling Projects and with funding from the Big Lottery, we are trying to grow the network of inclusive cycling groups in England, to help make cycling accessible to more and more people, regardless of ability.


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Backing for Boris's 'Crossrail for Bikes'

Boris Johnson's plans for two iconic cycle routes through Central London may not be perfect, but their sheer boldness deserves our overall support.
Parliament Square: TfL image of planned cycle route

Transport for London has now unveiled detailed proposals for two proposed cycle routes across London.  One runs east-west from Tower Gateway to Paddington and on to Acton via the A40 flyover.  The other runs north-south from Elephant & Castle to Kings Cross.

Lindsay's story

Lindsay's life was transformed by an accident that left her paralysed from the chest down. Now, with the help of an inclusive cycling centre, her fitness levels have improved so much she has become a personal trainer.
Lindsay with her dog
Seven years ago, Lindsay had a motorbike accident. “A roundabout at 20mph, I didn’t think it could happen like that. I broke my back, leaving me paralysed from the chest down. I was thirty-one, in the army reserves and pushing my body hard. I was at my prime.”
“I’d always done a lot of running, circuit training and going to the gym” Lindsay explains.
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