Scooter-power gets less-mobile out into the Derwent Valley

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Monday 2 October 2006

2 October 2006

Scooter-power gets less-mobile out into the Derwent Valley

Less-mobile people can now see the beautiful Derwent Valley using two new forms of accessible transport.

The cycle hire centre at Fairholmes now has a mobility scooter for hire and a battery-powered three-wheel cycle, both suitable for less-mobile visitors on the traffic-free trails around the Derwent Valley reservoirs, near Bamford in the Peak District National Park.

Daphne Morris of the Old Vicarage, Bakewell, was one of the first to try them out. She said, “I’ve not been able to walk unaided for several years. This is the first time I’ve tried a mobility scooter and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll definitely be back!”

Gillian Glen, cycle hire assistant commented “This is a good opportunity for disabled people to access the countryside in the Derwent.  No special prior knowledge is required as staff will be very happy to explain how to use the bike or scooter to potential users.”

Ray Wallage, cycle hire manager, said “I hope the scooter and bike will be well used. This is a great opportunity for hospitals, care homes, locals and visitors to take up this facility.”

The scooter is on loan from Chesterfield Shopmobility while the adapted cycle has been provided by Severn Trent Water. 

The National Park Authority operates three cycle hire centres, Ashbourne, Parsley Hay and Derwent. Each has bikes of all sizes, attachments for children of all ages and tandems.

At Derwent and Parsley Hay there are a range of specially-adapted machines for the less able including adult tricycles, hand powered tricycles and duet cycles which have a wheelchair attachment on the front. At Ashbourne a battery powered scooter is available. The enthusiastic trained staff can advise on suitability of equipment so that everyone can experience the beautiful Peak District scenery from the mainly traffic-free trails.

For more details or to book either machine phone Derwent Cycle Hire Centre on 01433 651261.

This is an archived press release

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