Sheffield cycle project relaunched

Caroline Waugh riding her recumbent trike
Caroline Waugh riding her recumbent trike
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A Sheffield project which helps disabled people get into cycling was being relaunched today after a campaign.

Sheffield Cycling 4 All is to recommence with open sessions, where people can ride adapted bikes, in Hillsborough Park, thanks to rejuvenated funding.

It was originally set up by cycling charity CTC, but stopped due to funding constraints.

Rotherham Olympic Torchbearer Caroline Waugh, who learned to cycle on a special trike after suffering brain damage in a car accident, was one of the first to benefit from the inclusive cycling project.

She said: “Discovering cycling has been a liberating experience for me and my visits to the doctors went from once a month to once every two years.

“This is a great opportunity to take inclusive cycling to a much wider audience and we hope that many more people can benefit.”

Sheffield Cycling 4 All will run the project as well as searching for further funding.

Cash from the Big Lottery Fund, CTC and Cycling Projects has helped to re-establish the programme.

A fleet of adapted vehicles includes tricycles, hand-cranked bikes, tandems and two wheelchair transporting bikes for a range of disabilities.

Gavin Wood, development officer from CTC, said: “‘There is such a huge demand for inclusive cycling in Sheffield that it would have been a travesty for the equipment to have been moved elsewhere.

“Projects like these offer an opportunity for all people, regardless of ability, to experience the joys of riding a bike in a safe environment.”

Thursday sessions cost £5 and run from 10am-3pm.

For details, call Disability Sheffield on 0114 2536747.