Case Studies

From Mountain Bike to Recumbent Trike: George’s Cycling Journey.

In this blog George tells us about his lifelong love of cycling, both before and after he had a stroke aged thirty-six, and how important his recumbent trike and volunteering at Wheels for Wellbeing sessions have been in his recovery. “I have always loved cycling. At the age of 11, when my family lived in […]

My E-bike My Mobility Aid – Janet’s Story

In this blog Janet tells us in her own words about her journey to seeing herself as a Disabled cyclist and her e-bike as a mobility aid. “Since I can remember I’ve loved cycling. But I only recently became a Disabled cyclist.” “I am one of those people who has an invisible Disability. And it […]

Autism and Learning to Cycle

Marie Bassford is a researcher at De Monfort University in Leicester. She is currently working with Wheels for Wellbeing on a research project exploring the experiences of autistic children and cycling. In this blog she tells us how learning to cycle with her autistic twin boys got her interested in inclusive cycling and inspired her research project.

Our Tandem E-Cycle, Our Mobility Aid

In this blog Kate from Derby tells us in her own words about how a tandem e-cycle is the essential mobility aid in her family and the barriers they face to cycling. “This is me and my 12-year-old on my e-tandem, really it’s mine and my 10-year-old daughter’s bike but all 6 of our family […]

ANGELA AND PETER – Tandem Cycling Update

We have now cycled the equivalent of once round the world on our two tandems! Since my earlier article on the WFW website we have continued our tandem travels, with trips through Brittany and Normandy down to the Loire in 2018 and 2019.  At the start of covid we had to cancel two planned rides […]

Bikes for People with Dwarfism

A two-wheeled standard bike is the most commonly available cycle, but it can’t meet everybody’s needs – people don’t come as ‘one size fits all’. As a result, cycle designers and manufacturers over the decades have gradually designed a wider range of cycles to match different people’s needs: recumbent cycles to reduce pressure on joints, […]

MISSION (E-trikes) ACCOMPLISHED!

A couple of weeks ago, Debbie, our Wheels4Me co-ordinator, and Heidi, one of our Campaigns and Policy Officers, made a daytrip to the National Archives at Kew to collect two tricycles.

Graham’s Story, – an update

ntly got some lovely news from Graham, who was diagnosed with cancer in his hip a year ago. The cancer initially left Graham with limited mobility, and he was taken to his first chemotherapy appointment in a Van Raam Opair wheelchair cycle. Since then his mobility had improved sufficiently to go on a cycling holiday – with Graham cycling the Van Raam!

Chester Wheelers Mountain Trike Active Travel

For many wheelchair users, streets and cycle-lanes can be as rugged and bumpy as an off-road track – especially in cities with cobbled streets, such as Chester. Everyday wheelchairs and even standard active wheelchairs don’t cushion the bumps and bounces of cobbles and potholes, and can’t cope with off-road tracks in green spaces and rural […]

Hidden Disabled Cyclists

When we talk about Disabled cyclists, we often talk about cyclists who use non-standard cycles. There are some good reasons for this: people on non-standard cycles face the greatest infrastructure barriers, have the least representation, and have the fewest options for accessing cycles. But many Disabled cyclists have hidden Disabilities, and most ride a standard two-wheeled bicycle. Hidden disabilities are one of the themes of this year’s UK Disability History Month, so we thought we’d look at a few cyclists with hidden Disabilities.

Leigh’s Story – Fantastic Fundraising

After seeing this latest (of several) fundraising challenge and battling to balance on a bike, Leigh recently hired one of our handcycles as part of our cycle hire scheme to do a 30 mile trip and raise £300 for Garden House Hospice as part of their Pedal for Pounds challenge.

My Cycling Story: Quailyn

I initially heard about accessible cycling through an email from DASL (Disability Advice Service Lambeth). They mentioned Wheels for Wellbeing’s cycling sessions at the Herne Hill Velodrome, and my curiosity led me to register and visit the Velodrome weekly, doing circuits on the flat track. The realisation of how important cycling was to me, hit […]

This month: ‘Women’s Festival of Cycling’

From Saturday 17th July until Sunday 1st August 2021, Cycling UK is celebrating its annual ‘Women’s Festival of Cycling’. We at Wheels for Wellbeing have decided to join in with the fun, showcasing some of our wonderful women cycling on 2, 3, and even 4 wheels! FATIMA “I’ve definitely noticed more people going out on […]

The joy of cycling

2 wheels, 3 wheels, 4 wheels (or more): cycling is for everyone. To celebrate Bike Week 2021, we are re-posting some of the wonderful stories featured on our website in the recent past: stories of Disabled people who have discovered the joy of cycling for travel, exercise or leisure purposes… as you will see, cycling […]

Jamie’s 3 wheels

We are always looking to share individual perspectives, as these stories are powerful in showing Disabled people that cycling is a possibility, and to also encourage them to consider the many types of adaptive cycles that exist. Last June, we re-posted Jamie Wood’s blog post about cycling on 4 wheels (click here to read the […]

Shane

My name is Shane Booth and I’m a 46-year-old Disabled brain injury survivor. On 5th August 2009, I was involved in a severe motorbike accident in Baden-Baden, Germany. The accident left me fighting for my life, with several broken limbs and a traumatic brain injury. I was unable to speak for 3 months and have […]

Graham

Many of you will have read 100-year-old Kay’s cycling story, which we published on the Wheels for Wellbeing website back in September 2020. Her journey into cycling started after arthritis and gradual hearing and sight loss made a mobility scooter impractical. Since buying a Van Raam O’Pair from Tomcat Trikes in 2019, Kay and her […]

Fatima

I’ve enjoyed cycling from a very young age.  I got my first cycle from my parents when I was 4, but when I was around 7 (due to trauma and surgery) I lost the use of my arm and leg. I really wanted to push myself to start cycling again; I managed it when I […]

Andrew’s 500-mile handcycling challenge

We recently reached out to Andrew Paddison, a handcyclist who has cycled 500 miles across the north coast of Scotland, to share his story. He very kindly accepted, and so we hope you enjoy the following blog post! You can also remain up-to-date about his cycling adventures via Twitter and Facebook. Happy memories: cycling during […]

Aisling’s Journey Into Cycling

Aisling Gallagher is a Lewisham Councillor and Disabled cyclist. If you’d like to learn more about their journey into cycling, then keep on reading… Becoming a cyclist I got into cycling when I was elected as a councillor in Lewisham, back in 2018. I wanted to be able to get to work in the evenings […]

Kay’s cycling story

Deciding on the perfect cycle: a wheelchair tandem From her late eighties and into her nineties, Kay found walking increasingly painful because of arthritis. She started to use an electric buggy, which for years allowed her to visit the local shops and park with family members, but gradual hearing and sight loss made it no […]

Edie

Wheels for Wellbeing is offering a cycle hire scheme for participants

Lyndsay

Wheels for Wellbeing is offering a cycle hire scheme for participants until the sessions restart.

Kevin – on cycling with crutches

We’re always looking to share the experiences of Disabled cyclists, as everyone’s journey into cycling is different.

Jamie

One of our goals is to help increase peer support among Disabled people who cycle and those who don’t

Rafferty

Wheels for Wellbeing is offering a cycle hire scheme for participants until the sessions restart.

Ellis

Not only is Ellis Palmer a Journalist for the BBC World Service and BBC News Hour, he’s also an avid handcycling enthusiast!

Grant’s #twopointsixchallenge

Are you a participant, staff member, volunteer or supporter of Wheels for Wellbeing?

Ann-Marie

When did you  come to your first Wheels for Wellbeing cycling session?

Scarlett’s #twopointsixchallenge

We are celebrating #GivingTuesdayNow by showcasing the progress of our staff members and supporters participating in the #twopointsixchallenge!

Natalie

Wheels for Wellbeing is offering a cycle hire scheme for participants until the sessions restart.

Daniel

Wheels for Wellbeing is offering a cycle hire scheme for participants until the sessions restart.

Zuayana & Farida

Zuayana has been coming to Wheels for Wellbeing’s inclusive cycling sessions at

Deb

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Barry

Barry Covington & Penge CC Wheels for Wellbeing is Penge Cycle Club’s

Adella

Adella has been attending Wheels for Wellbeing’s inclusive cycling sessions for 1.5 years now. She has always loved cycling, but since developing rheumatoid arthritis can no longer use 2-wheel bicycles. When she came to her very first inclusive cycling session at Croydon Sports Arena, Adella was prepared for disappointment. She says that when it comes […]

Alec

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Amanda

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Caroline

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Isabelle

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Odette

Tandem cycling has given me a new lease of life

Mags

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Kay

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Billy

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Wolf

What difference does using your cycle as a mobility aid make to your life?

Sujata

The importance of accessible cycle parking.

Veronica and Tre

Veronica Chavannes and her son Tre have been coming

Mike

My fold-up is my essential mobility device

John

I’m worried that being physically active will impact on my benefits.

Kay

Challenging inaccessible cycle infrastructure

Isaac

My name is Isaac Malter.

Geoff

I’m one of Wheels for Wellbeing’s qualified

Daisy

Daisy is a disabled cyclist living in Islington,

Suswati

Herne Hill case study

Neil

Life on three wheels

Alan

Land’s End to John O’Groats: part I

Angela and Peter

Travelling by tandem

Wolf Simpson

Our cycle infrastructure isn’t the best, but don’t let that put you off.

Billy

Cycling is a great way of being independent

Iyiola

Iyiola wanted to join Into Sport Lambeth’s weekly walks,

Sophie

In the lead up to our Beyond the

Alison

Alison – tricycling has opened up London to me

Valerie Elliot

Valerie Elliott cycled at Wheels for Wellbeing

Kathryn Rose

When did you first start cycling?

Haren

Haren, who is visually impaired person and is

Shirley

Before coming cycling Shirley