Disabled people can enjoy many types of cycles based on their needs and preferences. Hand cycles, recumbent cycles, trikes, side by side bikes and tandems can be used for exercise or as a mode of transport. Many disabled cyclists use their bikes as their main means of transport.
Cycling has great benefits for health. However, there is a major obstacle, which often makes it inaccessible to some disabled people – the cost. Specialised bikes can be extremely expensive.
Wheels for Wellbeing
Our friends at Wheels for Wellbeing, a London based charity offer excellent support for any disabled person who wants to get into cycling. They also run inclusive cycling sessions organised by professional instructors and supported by their lovely volunteers.
There are also several other organisations who specialize in disabled cycling and supporting people who want to try it out. As well as this, there are plenty of organisations who provide valuable information and resources about cycling. You can find their contact details organised by area here:
Bikeworks (Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Kensington and Chelsea) – https://www.bikeworks.org.uk/
Companion Cycling (Richmond): http://www.companioncycling.org.uk/
Enabled London (Southwark) – http://www.enabledlondon.com/
Ecolocal (Sutton) – https://www.ecolocal.org.uk/ecolocal-cycling/?domain=www.ecolocalcycling.org.uk
Redbridge Cycle Centre (Redbridge) – https://visionrcl.org.uk/centre/redbridge-cycling-centre/
Cyclescheme (Londonwide – The UK’s first cycle to work scheme for city hire bikes) – https://www.cyclescheme.co.uk/community/disability
Sustrans – https://www.sustrans.org.uk/
Wheels for All – https://cycling.org.uk/wheels-for-all
Handcycling UK – http://www.handcycling.org.uk/
Get Cycling (York and surrounding areas) – https://www.getcycling.org.uk/
Cycling without Age – https://cyclingwithoutage.org/
Green Commute Initiative – https://www.greencommuteinitiative.uk/
Edinburgh All Ability Bike Centre (Edinburgh) https://www.cyclinguk.org/edinburgh-all-ability-bike-centre
Highland Cycle Ability Centre (Scotland) https://www.highlandcycleabilitycentre.com/
Scottish Cycling Disability Hub (Scotland) – https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/article/20180410-disability-static-content-Scottish-Cycling-Disability-Hubs–Glasgow-0?c=EN
Bikeability (Scotland) – https://www.cycling.scot/bikeability-scotland/instructors/inclusive-cycle-training
Cardiff bikes for hire (Cardiff) – https://www.publichealthnetwork.cymru/en/news/bikes-for-disabled-people-in-cardiff/
Get Active NI (Northern Ireland) – https://getactiveabc.com/hw_programs/inclusivecyclesscheme/