Five years ago we started our disabled cycling club, in Jenner Park, Barry, we provide specialist cycles, trikes, tandems, hand-cycles and other adaptive bikes to enable over 150 disabled children, young people and adults to access and enjoy the thrill and exhilaration of cycling on a regular basis, regardless of their disability, with their carers/families, creating a greater sense of a resilient connected community.
Severely disabled people who are wheelchair users have the most difficult, if not impossible, access to cycling, they tend to be excluded and isolated from cycling activities. We want to address this inequality and provide specialist wheelchair bikes, enabling them to become cyclists, giving them a sense of inclusion and equality within their local community, plus improving their general physical and mental health.
Cycling is a priority activity, central and local government want everyone to participate in cycling for pleasure, leisure and work, our project breaks down the barriers and obstacles wheelchair users face to access cycling, giving them equality with everyone else.
We want to provide 2 Van Raam E-Motor Velo Plus Wheelchair Transporter Bikes, designed for transporting people who are unable to transfer from their wheelchair, their wheelchair remains on the plateau at the front of the bike and their carer cycles the bike with the aid of the E-Motor.
We also want to provide 2 Van Raam E-Motor O Pair Wheelchair Bikes, designed to transport the wheelchair user on the seat affixed to the front of the bike, this bike is for people that can transfer from their wheelchairs and their carer cycles the bike with the aid of the E-Motor.
The Wheelchair bikes are unique, cost about £7,00 each with accessories, requiring us to raise £30,000 to purchase the 4 bikes, enabling more beneficiaries to experience cycling, and for some people it's a life changing experience.
So, we need at least £5,000 to purchase the first wheelchair bike and kick start this amazing inequality busting wheelchair cycling project.
Check out our website www.theintersensoryclub.co.uk for more details about our accessible projects.