Wheels 4 Fun disability cycling group update

We at Wheels 4 Fun recently celebrated our first year of operation which has seen us win 2 awards of grants to buy new bikes, one from Leeds Inner North East Community Committee, the other from Comic Relief Community cash fund via Leeds Community Foundation. We celebrated with a picnic at the United Reformed church hall on Stainbeck road after a nice ride up the cycle path from Meanwood farm.

Other recent events and developments have included a ride along the Wetherby to Spofforth cycle route on the Tour de Yorkshire weekend and setting our own website; do have a look and let us know what you think: www.Wheels4funleeds.wordpress.com. We’ve also been linking up with British Cycling and the University of Leeds hoping to store some bikes and have an additional operating base at the new cycle track at Bodington; sadly the storage hasn’t worked out so we are now overflowing at Meanwood farm and desperate for somewhere else to store some bikes – any suggestions welcome!

Riders have been doing amazing things; some have bought their own bikes, folding tricycles or folding tandems and have been riding in exciting locations, including abroad in the tulip fields of Holland! Others have taken great strides by progressing from tentative starts on a tricycle via a tandem and balance bike to eventually being able to ride a normal bike, though not without giving the organisers a few scares along the way! Quite a feat when you’ve had a stroke or head injury!

Lots of people have helped to make Wheels 4 Fun a success during our first year – regular volunteers, those who have helped out in response to specific requests for assistance, people who have given advice and of course Steve Smith who has very kindly helped us hugely by developing our website.  Thanks go to everyone who has contributed; it’s been really great to see how much people are willing to help a worthy cause.