The Branch has launched a pilot of tandem cycling on interesting safe routes in Edinburgh and East Lothian for those unsure of their ability and/or confidence on a bike. An additional factor in using a tandem is to gently force increased intensity for the rear partner, with its associated health benefits.
Sessions are being run by Brian Moore who has a lifetime commitment to cycling and its positive impact on health. Brian has completed Tandem Cycle Training with the Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre, Volunteer Induction with Parkinson’s UK and holds a current PVG certificate.
Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd has funded the purchase of the tandem and The Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative has donated clothing and equipment. The Branch greatly appreciates the generosity of both these organisations.
If interested in participating or to find out more, please contact Brian Moore on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre
The Edinburgh ABC at the City of Edinburgh’s Bangholm Outdoor Education Centre has a large and safe off-road cycling area, and good access to the well-paved cycle paths network. It has an impressive assortment of specialised bikes, trikes and pedal machines that adapt to a very wide range of physical abilities and which participants can use at no cost. A qualified leader and volunteers are available at all times during sessions.
Update November 2020: All Ability Bike Centre (ABC) has restarted both cycling and walking at Saughton Park. Currently running a limited number of bookable sessions, they will have social distancing and other coronavirus measures in place to keep their riders, walkers, staff and volunteers safe. Participants who need physical assistance must bring a member of their household or a care partner, so that staff and volunteers can maintain social distance. Please also wrap up warm!
The walking sessions are led by qualified Paths for All volunteers for no more than one hour around the park. As these activities take place outside people don’t need to wear masks, unless they wish to. There is no fee to pay for either activity.
To find out more, please contact David Glover from ABC, email@example.com. David can also be contacted on 07500 069357