Inspiring adults with learning disabilities in Leeds

Care homes run through Leeds City Council bring their clients cycling to give them better access to activities within the community. Cycling not only helps to keep them fit but it also helps them to relax if they've had a difficult time.
Two riders on a tandem quad bike

Over the last few years, Leeds City Council Social Care have been bringing their clients to the Leeds Adapted Cycling sessions at the John Charles Centre for Sport. The clients who are adults aged 18-70 with a range of learning disabilities, come from three care homes around the city.

Portsmouth - A City to Share

In response to a challenge from the Leader of Portsmouth City Council Cllr Donna Jones, Portsmouth Cycle Forum has just launched 'A City to Share', its strategy to put safe cycling at the heart of Portsmouth’s transport policy.
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The strategy was launched to an enthusiastic response from Cllr Donna Jones and other city leaders on Monday 3 November. The busy launch event was attended by representatives from local schools and businesses as well as many councillors and parliamentary candidates.

The strategy document sets out a vision for the city where there is space for cyclists, drivers and pedestrians to co-operate and treat one another with courtesy and respect.

Deb's story - patient to cycle instructor

Two knee operations put a temporary end to Deb Garbutt’s ability to cycle, until she joined a Wheels for Wellbeing session. Now, she’s not only cycling again but she’s a qualified cycle instructor too!
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I was in hospital again at the Elective Orthopaedic Centre having my left knee replaced just six months after having the same operation on my right knee. My surgeon stated: “You won’t ever be able to ride your bicycle again, but you should be grateful you can walk!”. That statement shattered my world; I just didn’t realise it then but depression started to become part of my life. I’d always ridden my bike from when I was a child – even when it caused me a great deal of pain to do so; it was such an important part of me.

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11-year-old cycles Land's End to John o'Groats - in 11 days!

During his half-term holiday, 11-year-old CTC member Patrick Kielhmann has cycled from Land's End to John o' Groats in 11 days.
11-year-old Patrick Kielhmann

Two years ago, Patrick from Bishopbriggs in East Dunbartonshire was fighting for the life after a complication following an appendicitis operation, but the staff team at Yorkhill Children's Hospital turned the situation around and saved his life. Patrick wanted to do something to help the hospital, so he decided to raise money for them by cycling End to End.

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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?

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.

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.

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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