The Regional Park have been doing the ‘cycle ride thing’ for a good number of years, one of our key aims is to make cycling in all its forms as accessible as possible to everyone. Achievements include:
· The purchase of a wider range of bikes to suit everyone such as trikes, side by side and hand bikes
· Weekly cycling nearly all year round with adults and children from mainstream and special schools as well as adult and young person care and support services
· Using Rankin Park, the new mountain bike skills area in Greenock to deliver sessions with Active Schools
· Creating a cycle route from Rankin Park to the Regional Park – Greenock Cut to allow continued skills development.
· Setting up a local cycle group – Ride 63 (name comes from OS sheet 63 – the main cycling area) to grow participation and support all levels and types of cycling. Within 2 years the club had 146 members, 25% of which have a disability.
· The Club has lots of trained ride leaders, taking it in turns to lead Club rides on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays which often include hand cyclists.
· Provision of Duke of Edinburgh expeditions by bike – a great alternative for those with mobility issues.
· Seeing the Erskine Veterans enjoying their cycling so much at Castle Semple Centre during 2016 that they have done their own fundraising to get accessible bikes and woodland trails developed so they can ‘Cycle At Home’
· Identifying potential routes in the Regional Park that could be linked up to develop our ‘Wild Trail Centre’ ideas for all sort of off road cycling in the longer term.
The Park and Ride 63 produced a video to showcase the achievement, you can view it below: