A new inclusive cycling programme will be launched in Newport by partners Newport Live and Newport City Council. The programme, Wheels for All, is a nationally recognised initiative from the national UK cycling charity, Cycling Projects, that embraces children and adults with disabilities and differing needs to engage in a quality cycling activity.
Newport Wheels for All will be taking place in Tredegar Park and will be free for Newport residents.
The programme will benefit from a small fleet of adapted cycles along with Wheels for All trained cycle leaders that will allow a wider range of people the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of cycling.
The programme is currently being prepared for launch in 2021 after a trial and introductory pop-up sessions. Bikes will need to be booked in advance via the Newport Live website or app and can then be collected and ridden along a designated route at Tredegar Park.
Newport Live already delivers inclusive sport, physical activity and arts activities and initiatives across the city of Newport including health & fitness, cycling, athletics, swimming and tennis. Steve Ward Chief Executive of Newport Live said, “Providing physical activity and cultural opportunities for Newport is central to what we do at Newport Live and we are continually developing inclusive opportunities for people with disabilities and their families. It is fantastic to be working with our partners at Newport City Council to launch this exciting programme, particularly during the challenging circumstances we face with coronavirus. Newport Wheels for All will allow people to have fun and get active safely outdoors within the beautiful Tredegar Park and continues our commitment to inspire Newport communities to be happier and healthier whilst expanding our work in the active travel category with more exciting projects ahead.”
Cllr Deb Harvey, cabinet member for culture and leisure at Newport City Council, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Newport Live on the Wheels for All programme. We are working hard to increase leisure provision within the city, and we hope that the programme will not only benefit our residents’ physical and mental health, but also encourage more people to choose active travel options when travelling around the city.”
The programme will launch next year and more details will be shared on the Newport Live website www.newportlive.co.uk and social media.