Leeds City Council who run adaptive cycling sessions at the John Charles centre for Sport have just added 4 Mountain Trikes, which are all terrain wheelchairs, to their fleet of adaptive bikes, quads, trikes and hand cycles. The Mountain Trike is an off road wheelchair which uses a unique lever drive, steering and braking system giving riders excellent manoeuvrability and a comfortable, safe ride. It provides wheelchair users with a far greater freedom to travel independently.
The adaptive cycling sessions offer inclusive cycling in a safe and fun environment with family and friends. There are various daily sessions that are held outside on the track and are suitable for adults and children over 5 years old. Sessions can be booked in advance on 0113 395 0000. These accessible sports programs have grown fantastically since London 2012 and run accessible cycling sessions twice a day, every day with great attendance. They also offer sailing, canoeing and adventure sports activities too. The Mountain Trikes will be used at various outdoor activity/accessible cycling centres in the Leeds area.
Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for Leisure and Skills, said: “Having these new off road wheelchairs as part of our fleet will give even more wheelchair users the chance to take part in our fun, adaptive sessions at the John Charles Centre for Sport.
“Getting as many people as possible involved in sport is one of the council’s key priorities so these wheelchairs will be a great addition to our sessions that we hope will encourage people to come along and take part with their family and friends.”
Tim Morgan, Inventor and Managing Director of Mountain Trike handed over the Trikes on Monday 4th November to Ross Bibby, the Disability Sport Officer for Leeds City Council at the John Charles Centre for Sport.
Tim Morgan, says, ‘It is really fantastic to have the Mountain Trikes available as part of these adaptive sessions. At Mountain Trike we believe in access for everyone and that we should all be able to enjoy the great outdoors no matter what your ability. These sessions are so valuable and I hope that the Mountain Trikes can help enhance this fantastic project Ross and his team work on’.
For more information on the adaptive cycling sessions can be found on www.leeds.gov.uk
For more information on the Mountain Trike can be found on www.mountaintrike.com