New Accessible Bikes Open Up North York Moors To More Riders
Posted on 19th August 2022 at 14:57
Accessible tourism in the Pickering area has been given a tremendous boost with the addition of three new, state-of-the-art recumbent trikes at Dalby Forest Cycle Hub CIC.
The three power-assisted ICE Adventure HD Trikes were secured thanks to a £10,000 grant from the North York Moors National Park Authority through their Local Businesses Tourism Contribution. Dalby Forest Cycle Hub, a community interest company which works to achieve social benefit as opposed to profits for shareholders, matched a percentage of this contribution.
The trikes will make exploring the stunning trails of Dalby Forest and other parts of the North York Moors a reality for even more people who have a disability or medical condition that prevents them from using regular two-wheeled bikes.
These trikes now join the fleet of other adapted bikes in the forest, such as wheelchair transporters, tandems and companion side-by-side bikes all of which are available to hire through the cycle hub. Rob Brown, Director of Dalby Forest Cycle Hub CIC, said: “These ICE Trikes are a fantastic addition to our offering of accessible bikes and will open up the forest, moors, tracks and trails of the area to even more people.
“This is excellent news for anyone with a physical disability or who needs an adapted bike following a stroke, operation or illness.
“Having these trikes also means that people who have never learned to ride or who lack confidence in their riding, need not lose out on cycling adventures with their family, as they can literally be used by just about anyone, and believe me, they are brilliant fun.”
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Charlie Fox, Content Manager at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting this fantastic initiative. Our Local Business Tourism Contribution works with businesses to develop new products and services that showcase the North York Moors and its special qualities.
“We allocated funds to support this project as it will enable more people, particularly those with a physical impairment, to experience the North York Moors from a new perspective. We are also committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent individuals from enjoying the National Park and, through a variety of schemes, improving accessibility.”
As part of Dalby Forest Cycle Hub’s contribution, a group of volunteers completed their British Cycling Mountain Bike Leader Award and Outdoor Emergency First Aid course so they can ride with people who use the accessible bikes and would like supervision and support. New wider and smoother forest trails are also being made available for people who prefer not to ride single tracks that feature obstacles such as tree roots and rocks.
For more information about Dalby Forest Cycle Hub CIC, call 01751 460585 or visit www.dalbyforestcyclehub.co.uk
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