Bikes to give disabled people more freedom

Posted on Tuesday 2nd July 2019
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Some of the bikes used in the Pedal Power scheme

A pilot project to introduce bicycles suitable for use by disabled youngsters and adults is being introduced into Tredegar Park, Newport.

The free initiative by Newport City Council will enhance the facilities at the popular park where an improved cycle route takes users around the park.

The specially adapted bikes will be provided by charitable organisation Pedal Power which runs a similar scheme from Bute Park in Cardiff.

Councillor Deb Harvey, cabinet member for culture and leisure, has chosen the project because it will help people of all abilities to enjoy recreation and leisure together.

In recent years more than £1 million has been invested in Tredegar Park including new children’s play equipment and the city’s skatepark.

The park remains extremely popular and is well used by families, walkers, cyclists and sports teams who regularly use the pitches.

Cllr Harvey said: “I wanted to ensure that a range of facilities which could be used by people of all ages and abilities is available in Tredegar Park.

“Having looked at a variety of options we have chosen the “Pedal Power” scheme which will alllow disabled youngsters and adults the same freedom as others using their bikes in this park.

“It will give families of disabled youngsters more freedom to enjoy the facilities together.

“The variety of bikes which will be on offer can cater for all abilities and ages.”

Preparations are now underway for the project to be implemented.

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