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Council staff deliver inclusive bike activities

Council staff are now trained to deliver inclusive cycling activities
Council staff are now trained to deliver inclusive cycling activities
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Council staff have geared up to deliver cycling activities to people with disabilities.

Members of St Helens Council’s Transport and Healthy Living teams got on their bikes in Victoria Park as they received training on how to deliver inclusive cycling activities to people with disabilities.

As part of the Wheels for All scheme - a nationally recognised programme run by the Cycling Projects charity to embrace people with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in cycling - staff were able to develop a detailed understanding of disability cycling by using specially adapted cycles to teach everyone the benefits of cycling in a sociable environment.

The course was both practical and theoretical and included technical information modules on the wide range of adapted cycles used, risk assessments, instruction skills workshop, cycle development and progression through activities, session planning and delivery.

Victoria Park is one of six locations in the St Helens borough to have a Community Cycle Hub which acts as a meeting place for free weekly, organised bike rides for all to enjoy.

Developed in partnership with Sustrans, the hubs each have a stock of bicycles, helmets and hi-vis gear available for public use at coordinated events, with Victoria Park holding adapted bikes.

Organised adapted bike rides will start in April and have already attracted a huge interest, but the team is eager to see more people take advantage of these free sessions.

St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Jeanie Bell, said: “The council is keen put a strong emphasis on cycling and this is evident by the great work shown by our fantastic staff who are committed to making sure cycling is accessible to everyone.

“It’s great to hear that so many people are using the adapted bikes on a regular basis and I would like to see even more groups coming to use them. Our dedicated team will be on hand to tailor a ride around your needs.”

To find out more, contact cycling@sthelens.gov.uk or call 01744 676174.