Thousands helped by inclusive cycling project in Sheffield

A cycling project which provides a range of adapted bikes and trikes has helped thousands of disabled people across Sheffield.

Sheffield Cycling 4 All is a project run by Disability Sheffield aimed towards giving disabled people and people with long-term health conditions an opportunity to participate in cycling in safe surroundings.

The project runs eight sessions a week at Hillsborough Park from Monday to Thursday, including public cycling, Visually Impaired Peddlers Groups (VIPs) and Pedal Strokes and Brain Injury Groups.

Rosemary Hill, 39, from Sheffield, is a project co-ordinator at Sheffield Cycling 4 All and has been part of the project for four years, after moving back home from London.

She said: “I was a volunteer for a couple of months, and I just felt like I loved it. I found my place.

“We have everything that you might need… people say ‘this is what keeps me going’.”

The project recently received its biggest reward of £86,000 a year from the National Lottery which funds them.  It praised Cycling 4 All for its “community and social interaction”.

Disability Sheffield first launched Cycling 4 All in 2009, and it has been running for 14 years.

A total of 2,300 people are currently registered with Sheffield Cycling 4 All, with around 230 new cyclists in the last year.

On average, around 100 people come to the sessions each week, which cost £4 per cyclist and carers ride free.

Cycling 4 All is also involved in various fundraising events and campaigns, such as campaigns to get barriers removed from cycling paths for more access.

The project also provides services such as trike loans for people in South Yorkshire for up to three months, allowing for cyclists to benefit beyond the regular sessions.

For more information about the project go to www.sheffieldcycling4all.org, or phone 07565 695 296.

Written by Jack Kelly

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