Gloucestershire Wheels for All
Our Gloucestershire Wheels for All project runs inclusive cycling sessions for disabled and non-disabled people alike to get together and enjoy the benefits of getting on a bike. We offer sessions five days a week in partnership with Cycling Projects.
The sessions take place at our two off-road locations: the Blackbridge Athletics Track in Gloucester; and at the Cannop Cycle Centre, with Pedalabikeaway, in the beautiful Forest of Dean.
We have a wide range of three- and four-wheeled bikes including wheelchair transporters, recumbent trikes, companion bikes and hand cycles.
The adapted bikes mean that anybody aged five to 95 can take part – whether they have a sensory, physical or learning disability. The sessions are also great for those with mental health conditions, including dementia, as well as anyone who needs to gain confidence, lose weight or start an exercise programme.
‘I find the exercise for my legs very good. I also enjoy going out into the Forest of Dean. It makes me feel happier and I get more out of life.’— Sue Willis, who uses our services at Gloucestershire House
If you’d like to find out more information about the cycling sessions or get involved as a volunteer, please email Mary Clare Faulkner.
Everyone can join in the fun
Projects like this are vital. Disabled people are only half as likely as non-disabled people to participate in physical or sporting activity once a week, and around seven in 10 disabled people do not take part in any activity at all.
At Gloucestershire Wheels for All, everyone can join in the fun.
‘The joy on people’s faces is wonderful to see. The sense of freedom participants experience means they can’t wait to have another go and as soon as one session is over, they ask when the next one will be.’ — Mary Clare Faulkner, Project Lead, Gloucestershire Wheels for All.