New wheelchair bike will give better access to Peak District park

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A new powered wheelchair bike will allow more disabled riders to explore the terrain of the Peak District National Park’s trails.

The Boma 7, which benefits from being battery powered, is now available to hire from the Peak District National Park cycle hire centre at Parsley Hay, near Hartington.

The wheelchair bike was purchased following a crowdfunding challenge, which saw Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler cycle 55 miles this summer during the Eroica Britannia vintage cycle ride.

Sarah said: “I wanted to raise funds for this wheelchair bike because I passionately believe cycling is a great way for people to experience the national park – the landscape, the views, the friendly villages and not forgetting the local food and drink along the way.

“Having the wheelchair bike available means that people of all abilities have the opportunity to experience the national park by bike like I do most weeks. But we couldn’t have bought it without donations from the public and I was overwhelmed by people’s generosity that got us to the target.”

In total Sarah’s appeal raised £8700, including £1400 from local charity Accessible Derbyshire and £3000 from a number of local businesses.

Chris Hodgson, of Derbyshire Country Cottages said: “We give our customers the opportunity to donate £1 to the Peak District National Park when they make a booking for one of our holiday cottages – we’ve been doing this for several years now and have previously donated money towards conservation work.

“We were really pleased to help support Sarah’s Boma bike appeal as it will help more people have fun in the beautiful Peak District.”

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