The Cycle Show is always breaking new grounds to bring you the biggest and best showcase for all your cycling needs, and this year they are going even further to give everyone the opportunity to get on a bike.
At the NEC, the 2011 Cycle Show will introduce the Inclusive Cycling Hub - an area within the show dedicated to technologies and opportunities which will enable the elderly and disabled children and adults to get cycling.
The 'Hub', which is being developed by Quest 88 and Wheels for Wellbeing; will provide information for individuals, families, friends and carers, on how to access, try or buy the latest in inclusive cycles. With companion cycles, wheelchair tandems, handcycles and therapy tricycles all ready to be tested on the dedicated track, there is something for everyone.
Brands exhibiting include Draisin, ideal for children and adults with complex needs; BuddyBike tandems for children with Autism; Top End Handcycles designed for disabled and able bodied cyclists alike; and Power Pumper and Petra running bikes which are perfect for children who find it difficult to pedal a conventional bike or trike.
Robert Henshaw, Co-Managing Director of Quest 88 commented: "We're delighted to introduce the Inclusive Cycling Hub to the Cycle Show. Quest88, design, manufacture and supply cycles for children and adults who have a physical or learning disability or have impaired balance. Our ambition is to see people of all ages and abilities fully participating, alongside peers in the fun and freedom of cycling. Cycling is truly for everybody and the aim of the Inclusive Cycling Hub is to clearly demonstrate this to the wider public and especially to those whom, either because of age or disability, may have thought cycling was beyond their reach."
The Hub also presents an opportunity for those interested in developing new inclusive cycling projects. Why not get a head start and reduce your learning curve by speaking to people who already run successful projects around the UK?
Andrew Brabazon, Cycle Show Event Director, said “Not only do we attract people from all over the country and from all genres of cycling, the show really does cater for every cyclist of every age and ability”.
The Cycle Show is taking place from 30th September to 2nd October at the NEC in Birmingham and will feature the world’s most desirable cycling brands (many of which can be ordered before they hit the shops), two exciting new outdoor tracks and a number of interactive exhibits including a brand new 1km, purpose built outdoor mountain bike track, a 600m tarmac road bike track, two supervised kids test tracks and a spectacular BMX competition. The show will be open to the trade and media on Thursday 29th September.
Parking at the NEC during the Cycle Show will be free for blue badge holders.