Release date: 23 May 2017
Children of all ages with different disabilities are back enjoying Friday nights cycling together in Broadbridge Heath.
About 30 children regularly venture onto the athletics track at Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, where they enjoy riding a range of the latest adapted cycles.
The club – Horsham Wheels for All – is running every Friday from 4.30pm to 6pm throughout the summer.
Organisers West Sussex County Council and Horsham District Council want even more children, parents and carers to come down and enjoy the fun.
West Sussex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Infrastructure and Highways, Bob Lanzer, said: “This is a fantastic event every Friday which helps children with disabilities to grow in confidence using adapted bikes.
“The great thing is we have plenty more bikes for more children to come down with their parents or carers to have a go.
“Children come from far and wide already to take part. It would be fabulous to see some more.”
A team of trained instructors are always on hand to organise the rides and help children get to grips with the different bikes.
There are four different adapted bicycles to choose from:
Wheelchair bikes (you sit in the wheelchair on the front with someone doing the pedalling behind)
Recumbent bikes (sit back and pedal with your legs)
Tandem bikes (great fun with someone on front and you sat pedalling behind)
Hand pedal bikes (sit back and pedal with your hands)
Also there are plenty of mountain bikes and hybrid bikes (half road bike/half mountain bikes) available to ride around on.
All you have to do is pick a bike and set off around the track.
Helmets are all provided.
Sessions cost £5 every Friday, or £4 if you have a Horsham Leisure Access Card or Compass Card.
Horsham District Council’s Community Recreation Officer, Paul Taylor, said: It is a sociable event.
“Parents and carers can come and talk and it is a chance to have some fun.
“You don’t have to book, you can just turn up on the day.”
He added: “Some of our cyclists start on four wheels, but have now progressed on to a two-wheeled bike.
“One of the people that came along was 14 years-old, and had never been on a bike before.
“He first came to us in September.
“His mum bought him a three-wheel trike, and now together they cycle to Tesco to do the weekly shop and back again.
“So the change he has made by learning to be able to ride the bike is fantastic.”
Some of the cyclists will be taking part in a sponsored bike ride on Wednesday, May 31.
The group is trying to raise money to buy a £5,000 Da Vinci side-by-side hand pedal bike for the club.
Instructors will be cycling along from Shoreham-By-Sea, along the Downs Link, to Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre.
They will be joined by some of the children, who will cycle smaller stages along the way ranging from 0.3 to 3.6 miles.
You can help the cyclists achieve their target by visiting their Just Giving page here.