HEART of England Mencap is gearing up to launch a brand new accessible cycling programme in Stratford.

This new venture pedalled into town with an Open Day at the end of July, with free sessions for anyone who wanted to try out cycling on an adaptive bike.

It’s all been made possible thanks to the new cycling track, that is fully accessible, being built on the Recreation Ground as part of the Riverside Project led by Stratford District Council and Stratford Town Trust.

The track is designed to be a safe and accessible place where everybody can get on a bike and ride.

Heart of England Mencap, which supports local people with learning disabilities, will be launching its accessible cycling programme soon, following the success of its Open Day on July 22nd.

Anyone who wanted to have a go on an adaptive bike was invited to take a spin, with fully trained staff from Heart of England Mencap and Cycling Projects – the national inclusive cycling charity – on hand for support.

Kate Buttrick, Programme Coordinator for Heart of England Mencap, says: “Our accessible cycling programme is open to everyone and not just to the people we support. It’s a chance to get outdoors, learn something new, improve fitness and confidence, but also to help promote a more inclusive and accessible society within Warwickshire.”

Sara Aspley from Stratford Town Trust said: “The Riverside scheme is providing exciting opportunities for everyone to get closer to nature and we are thrilled that Heart of England Mencap now have somewhere where their accessible bikes can be used by anyone who wants to cycle and enjoy the benefits of exercising outdoors.”

The new track has been built to cater for people using adapted bikes. Heart of England Mencap currently has five adapted bikes – including tricycles and hand cycles – and will be looking to add to its fleet.

Staff from across the charity’s services have been trained, by Cycling Projects, in all aspects of safety and cycling support and will be looking to open up opportunities for adaptive cycling 7 days a week.