Charity aims to make cycling more inclusive across the UK

A national charity has unveiled plans to improve inclusive cycling across the UK, including the launch of new cycling centres to benefit hundreds more disabled people.

Wheels for All, formerly known as Cycling Projects, has re-branded to better reflect its ethos. The provider of inclusive cycling promotes a range of popular community engagement programmes that give people of all abilities the opportunity to cycle regularly.

Founded 30 years ago, Wheels for All operates the largest network of inclusive cycling centres in the country and has supported thousands of people to become more active and enjoy the outdoors.

The charity has been empowered to create new opportunities for disabled cyclists following a funding boost from Sport England, as part of its Scaling Up Programme, to help maximise the impact of active volunteering and reach more people across the country.

Over the next 12 months, it plans to open a further 15 centres in regions where cycling provision has previously been limited, as well as recruiting an additional 200 volunteers to play an integral role in the running of these sites. This will also coincide with the nationwide roll-out of a newly-launched ‘Bike Buddy’ programme.

“The re-brand marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter, building upon the positive work carried out by our staff and volunteers to make cycling inclusive to all. Over the past three decades, we have changed from being just a project-based initiative into more of a national network of centres, with the aim of bringing a love of cycling to as many people as possible,” said charity director Ian Tierney.

“It is our vision to have centres across the country, in every single local authority area, so that people everywhere have the same opportunity to benefit from our programmes. This vital funding from Sport England, which we’re extremely grateful for, provides fresh impetus towards reaching that goal.”

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