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Accessible Cycling

Wind-in-hair adventures with elders living in care

Late 2021 expanding to:

Ages 4-100+  Disabled | Elders | Health Challenges | Special Educational Needs  

A small independent Brighton charity, our weekly, year-round rides out provide uplifting (and often the only) outdoor activity to elders living in care homes, enabling them to interact with others and experience the wind in their hair. 2021 we are expanding to create a community venue offering wheelchair adaptable, side-by-side tandems, hand-cycles, tricycles, recumbents and standard cycles. Guided and co-piloted options, allow families, carers and friends to cycle together.

Accessible cycling improves wellbeing, health, reduces isolation and increases independence.  Rides are fun with smiles and waves galore. We see spirits lifted, people report feeling ‘awake again’, ‘alive’, ‘happy’, ‘less anxious or depressed’ and ‘sleeping better’ after rides. All return buzzing. People really notice the fabulous, visible cycles and interact positively.

Our volunteer cycle pilots team is consistently 50:50 ratio women/men – we believe, uniquely to similar projects in UK, Europe and possibly beyond.  Our location also unique in being city-centre, is on Brighton’s seafront enabling access to wide cycle lanes and beautiful traffic-free undercliff (12km where cycling longer distances is often easier than walking/using mobility aids for many).

Why it makes a difference:  It’s an extraordinary thing enabling cycling. Our rides bring people who are marginalised and often cannot access the health benefits of cycling back into view, where they are truly part of the community, fully able to participate.

Pedal People is hugely grateful to all our donors to date: National Lottery Communities, Paul Hamlyn, Rampion, Ernest Kleinwort, Paddle round the Pier, Chalk Cliffs, Paley Trust, District Nursing Fund, Childwick Trust and Dementia Action Alliance.  A volunteer cycle pilot has been sponsored for one year by: The Westbourne Pub Hove, Ocean Flooring and Clarity Environmental to date.  Could you or your company sponsor a cycle pilot or a cycle?

Registered charity no. 1177426. Riding out together since 2017.

ITV Meridian news feature of our care home rides with elders above

 

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