Charity to run taster day for specially adapted bikes this week

Sustrans aims to boost disabled cycling

This Friday (March 12th 2010) Sustrans has teamed up with Parc Bryn Bach in Tredegar to put on a taster day for disabled cyclists to try out a new fleet of specially adapted bicycles.

The sustainable transport charity is also launching new weekly cycling sessions for local people of all abilities from the Friday.

The specially adapted bikes at the taster day will include double side-by-side tandems, trikes, a wheelchair tandem and a handbike.

"The taster day at Parc Bryn Bach will be a fantastic opportunity for disabled cyclists to test out the new bikes and discover the freedom that cycling can bring,” explained Robyn Hughes, Sustrans project coordinator.

"Surveys show that physically active people feel happier and more satisfied with life, so the new specially adapted bikes will help disabled people to embrace the great outdoors and boost their general well being through a fun cycle ride.

"Following the event, Sustrans will be running disability cycling sessions at Parc Bryn Bach every Wednesday and Friday between 12.30 and 3pm, with bike hire at £1 each." 

Member of the Great British Cycling Team in the 2008 Paralympics and now Disability Sport Development Officer at Blaenau Gwent Council, Jonathan Gribbin said: "Despite having a disability, an individual can still enjoy the benefits of cycling thanks to the facilities available through Sustrans at Parc Bryn Bach.

"The taster session and weekly cycling events will be a great way to meet new people and discover opportunities for making the most of cycling which is such a fun leisure time activity."

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