Project in Perth seeks funding for specialist cycle equipment

British CyclingAdapted cycling equipment is essential for groups like British Cycling

An accessible cycling project in Perth, Scotland, is looking to buy more wheelchair-friendly bikes so that it can expand its work.

All Ability Cycling Project aims to help people with disabilities get active on specialist bikes and it has so far already helped more than 100 people with its adapted bikes.

It has already spent £9,000 on 13 pieces of equipment but is now appealing to local businesses so that it can secure funding for more bikes.

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The project is being supported by schools, NHS Tayside and council departments. Funding partners include Perth Common Good Fund, Cash for Kids, The Gannochy Trust, Cycling Scotland, and Perth and Kinross Disability Sport.

“We have encouraged many of our service users and service providers to use the bikes and we firmly believe that the All Ability Cycling initiative has resulted in positive physical health outcomes for participants,” Julie Stewart, a physiotherapy support worker with the Learning Disability Physiotherapy Team at NHS Tayside, told the Daily Record.

Meanwhile, Gill McShea, partnership and funding manager, told the newspaper: “The project has been a huge success with local children and adults who are unable to cycle due to physical, learning or sensory difficulties and disabilities, benefiting from the opportunities All Ability Cycling brings.

“However, we are missing a wheelchair bike which would allow us to make the sessions fully accessible and inclusive for everyone. There is also demand for the bikes to be available for individuals and families to use at more flexible times and we’d like to work with our partners to identify what could be done to make this possible.”

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