Disability charity helps people to cycle

Words and photos by Dave Barry

A charity is helping disabled clients to cycle with the the help of a grant.

Two years of funding from the People's Health Trust underpins the Treats programme run by Scarborough Disability Action Group (Dag).

Dag has hired Scarborough and Ryedale Community Cycling, which has a wide range of bicycles for disabled cyclists, such as side-by-side bikes with two lots of pedals.

Other activities have a social nature and include tai chi, bowling, basic cookery lessons, etc.

“Rides and bikes are a medium for social interaction”, says Treats coordinator Chris Linacre.

The number of people taking part in the bike rides is “growing beautifully”, she says.

An important part of the exercise is identifying safe and accessible routes such as the sections of the old railway line that aren’t too bumpy.

Members of Dag and SRCC recently convened at the Hayburn Wyke pub near Cloughton then cycled down the cinder track.

Rob Brown of SRCC, who supports the Sustrans proposal to improve the track, said: “We always try and base rides near a pub or café. It’s ok as long as it ticks the three main boxes - view, brew and loo”.

SRCC is a community interest company.

Websites: www.scarboroughdag.org.uk, www.srcommunitycycling.co.uk.