Phase one of Seashell’s inclusive cycle facility is now complete!
The ‘Learn to Ride’ track, designed by Playscheme is a safe space for young riders of all abilities to enjoy the opportunity to develop their riding skills and in turn, their confidence and wellbeing. There are a combination of different surfaces, pathways and working traffic lights for riders to navigate, along with replica road signs and markings to follow. A shelter with seating and workstations overlooks the track – a perfect place for users to stop and take a break, or families to sit and observe the action! Outdoor lighting has also been installed making this is an area that can be used safely all year round.
The completion of the cycle track conveniently coincided with National Bike Week, and as a result, Seashell are hosting a range of bike themed activities for staff and students across site, including bike maintenance checks from Manchester Bike Kitchen representatives, ride to work advice from Cycle Scheme and of course, opportunities to put the new track to the test!
“This is a fantastic and exciting facility for Seashell students, residents and the community to experience the benefits of cycling. We hope that this will open up many opportunities for young people and adults to gain confidence on bikes, try adapted and inclusive cycles and for training programmes.” – Gemma Lynch, Co-Head of Active at Seashell.
Work will now commence on phase two of the project, with a wider Cycle Track which will snake around the Seashell site. This track includes different surfaces and obstacles for a more ‘off road’ experience.
Sport England, who via British Cycling’s Places To Ride programme, have cofounded the project with the Bradbury Foundation, have recently shared new physical activity guidelines for disabled children and young people, issued by Chief Medical Officers. The guidelines highlight the importance of regular physical activity for all.
“Every disabled child and young person has the right to be active. That’s why Sport England continues to prioritise the development of accessible, inclusive and enjoyable opportunities for all children and young people as part of our Uniting the Movement strategy.“ – Sport England Chief Executive, Tim Hollingworth
Read more about the Learn to Ride centre here