One of our core activities at the West Lothian Bike Library are regular Inclusive Cycling sessions. These use adapted bikes to help adults and children who require more mobility support and assistance to try out cycling.
Why do we do this? One of our core goals as an organisation is to make cycling an inclusive activity for all – regardless of your mobility, ability, bank balance, postcode, age, gender or anything else!
We run an Inclusive Cycling session on Mondays 1700-1800 at our base at Crofthead Community Centre in Livingston. In these sessions, trained volunteers help participants use a wide range of adapted bikes on the local off-road path network. Demand for our Inclusive Cycling sessions is high however. We need more volunteers to help us run additional sessions. We would like to run at least two sessions on Monday nights, and an occasional session on a Thursday.
David is one of our cycle trainers at West Lothian Bike Library, and has been involved with Inclusive Cycling sessions in West Lothian for several years. He says “I got involved in setting this scheme up with the West Lothian Council Health Improvement Team a few years ago and have been helping run sessions since. Getting on a bike for many of the participants is a really happy experience, as it gives some people a chance to have a go at an activity they otherwise couldn’t do with a conventional bicycle. For me personally, it’s been very rewarding.”
If you are willing to commit one hour every four weeks to help out with an Inclusive Cycling session in Livingston and would like to learn a new skill – get in touch. We provide full training, insurance and PVG checks.