Free cycling event for children with disabilities

Published Tuesday 23 August 2011

Children and young adults with learning or physical disabilities or who have autism are being invited to attend two ‘open’ cycling sessions if they are between the ages of eight and 19 years old.

There are 10 places available for young people to try a full range of nine all ability bikes at Blackwater just off Rhinefield Drive near Brockenhurst on Wednesday 31 August and Wednesday 14 September.

All helmets and instructions are included in this ‘free’ event and there is parking, accessible toilets and a picnic area.

Those attending the event will need to be accompanied by a parent or carer and families are welcome to come along and watch.

Chris Gregory, Transport and Tourism Officer at the New Forest National Park Authority, said: ‘These sessions provide a great introduction to cycling for young people with disabilities. The introduction of these highly specialised bikes makes cycling in the New Forest more accessible and more inclusive than ever before.'

For more information about the types of bikes that are available to try visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/inclusive-cycling/bikes and for more information about the event go to www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/inclusive-cycling-event2

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Notes to Photo Editor:

Young person at Blackwater on an all ability bike.

Notes to Editors:

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Media Contact:
Karen Evans-McDaid, Communications Officer, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646650
Email: karen.evans-mcdaid@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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