More than 50 people, aged from three to 60, headed to the athletics track at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre on Saturday to try out adapted cycling at the Wheels for All launch event.
The event, which was supported by South Wilts Mencap and the children’s physiotherapy centre at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust, gave people the opportunity to try out a range of adapted cycles, including tricycles, wheelchair transporters, hand cycles and tandems. In addition to a number of cycles that have been purchased for the new Wheels for All sessions, four different bike organisations, were also on hand to offer advice and support, giving parents/carers the opportunity to purchase their own cycles.
Participants could choose to just have a go on the different cycles, take on an obstacle course, or test their speed in a time trial.
Jerry Kunkler, portfolio holder for leisure and sport, said: “It was a real pleasure to attend this launch event and see so many people enjoying trying out the different cycles. The adaptive cycles are a great way to improve the health and mobility of participants, they help to remove a barrier to exercise and are a great way for families to enjoy an activity together. We hope to see many more people attend the weekly Monday evening sessions throughout the summer.”
The launch was the perfect taster for Wiltshire Wheels for All, weekly community sessions that are held every Monday evening throughout the summer, from 6-7pm, at the Salisbury athletics track. Sessions cost £2; to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org.