Take a spin with the wheelers

May 05 2014

A NEW project on the cycle track will be open for use by pedallers of all abilities.

warmley wheelers

A NEW project on the cycle track will be open for use by pedallers of all abilities.

Warmley Wheelers is a community group based at Warmley Station, which offers specially adapted loan bicycles for people with disabilities.

The bikes will initially be used by students from Warmley Park School and the Milestones Trust's Stepping Forward project for adults with learning disabilities.

The cycles will be made available for public hire in the future, with Milestones Trust service users running the project.

The bicycles are in a secure storage unit that has been decorated by Bristol artist Andy Council, who worked with Warmley Park School pupils on the designs.

It is housed on land owned by South Gloucestershire Council and previously used for grazing goats. The old station stop now also features an accessible platform, tactile paving and a gently sloping path with a rest point.

Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council Cllr Ian Boulton said: “The Bristol Bath Railway Path is a really valuable asset in South Gloucestershire, and to enable everyone to use it is really important.

“It was great to see the Warmley Wheelers project officially launched and to meet with members of the Milestones Trust, many of whom will help to run the new cycling facilities. These specially adapted bicycles will provide their users with both independence and exercise.”

The adapted bicycles and station improvements are thanks to £50,000 of funding through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) and were delivered in partnership with Sustrans.

Pictured are Councillor Boulton with Milestones Trust members, Liz Gray, Warmley Wheelers project initiator, and Claire Hoggans, from the Waiting Room café