Chance to try disabled-friendly cycles at Moors Valley

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DISABLED people will be able to ride a range of different bikes during an accessible cycling open day at Moors Valley.

Activate Coast and Countryside, in partnership with Wessex Accessible Cycling Club (WACC), is holding the event on Saturday, June 21 for National Bike Week.

WACC provides cycling opportunities for disabled people and those who are unable to ride a conventional bike.

The club has a number of paracycles, including handcycles, trikes and trailer bikes, which meet the needs of those with a wide variety of impairments, and all of these will be available at the open day.

Added to this the CTC, a national cycling organisation, will be providing extra cycles and Team Hybrid, a paracycle manufacturer, will also be bringing a selection of bikes along to the event.

Moors Valley is closing off a section of the car park to provide a safe, traffic-free environment in which people can try out the bikes and, for the more adventurous, WACC will have some rides around a few of the forest trails, led by their experienced ride leaders.

Event organiser and chairman of WACC Terry Dennis said: "The open day is vital for us to promote the paracycles that we now have available at Moors Valley, and how they can make the park more accessible to people.

“They travel around the forest trails so much more easily than conventional mobility aids, so people can get to parts of the park that they would never have seen before.”

The event, and the cycles based at Moors Valley, are not just for the use of disabled people, and able-bodied people are also welcome to go along and try them out.

There’s no need to book, just turn up between 11am and 5pm.

For further details email info@wessexacc.org.uk.

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