Tandem cycle will help more people enjoy the Peak District National Park
Thursday 9 February 2017
A Derbyshire cycle hire centre has been boosted by the arrival of another inclusive bike to help even more people enjoy the Peak District National Park.
The child-parent tandem was bought thanks to more than £3,500 of support from Derbyshire Sport through the Sport England funded Sporting Chances, Sporting Futures.
The design ensures the child can be supervised at all times and also allows both riders to enjoy views of their surroundings. It has a low step-through, for ease of use, and a free wheel switch to determine whether and how the passenger pedals.
Helen Bower, cycle hire manager for the Peak District National Park, said: “This is a fantastic bike because it makes it easy for more people to enjoy the cycling experience. We are so grateful to Derbyshire Sport for their support. We couldn’t have bought this without them and it is the perfect addition to the inclusive bikes we already have.’’
Parsley Hay is one of six Inclusive Cycling Hubs that have been established over the past two years through the Sporting Chances, Sporting Futures project; a full list is available on the Derbyshire Sport website along with the second National Park cycle hire centre at Ashbourne: www.derbyshiresport.co.uk/inclusive-cycling
Derbyshire Sport is one of 45 County Sports Partnerships covering England. It provides the strategic lead on sport and recreation across Derbyshire and is committed to working with partners to increase the number of people taking part in sport and physical activity with the ambition of engaging an additional 50,000 people in active lives by 2021.
Sport Development Officer Rachael Dyer said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Peak District National Park’s cycling offer through this project which has already seen such a positive impact across the county in getting more disabled people active and on a bike. There has been a great demand for hiring adapted bikes throughout Derbyshire since the project started, that shows us people’s desire to get active on a bike no matter what their ability or background.”
The range at Parsley Hay, at the junction of the Tissington and High Peak trails south of Buxton, includes hand cranks, tandem trike, trikes, tramper and wheelchair bikes. Peak District National Park chief executive Sarah Fowler raised more than £8,700 through sponsorship to buy a powered all-terrain bike.
Helen added: “Our trails are wonderful places to ride and these latest additions mean that more people than ever will be able to get out and enjoy them.’’
As well as Parsley Hay and Ashbourne, the original National Park also offers cycle hire at Derwent. For more information visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/cycle