ISLE OF MAN - Bike 4 Life is returning this summer and organisers hope even more people will participate.
The Manx Sport and Recreation (MSR) initiative – launched last year – encourages people of all ages and abilities to take up cycling and embrace a healthier lifestyle.
Sessions recommence on Friday 22 June (13:00 to 18:00) and run every Wednesday until 24 August.
Zoe Crowe, Disability Sports Development Officer with MSR, comments: "Cycling has many physical and mental health benefits. It is a healthy, low impact exercise that can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Sessions will take place around the NSC raceway, which offers a safe and enjoyable environment for those riders who want to gain confidence while socialising with family and friends.
"We would welcome anyone along – whether looking for a new hobby, seeking to regain fitness after illness, injury or surgery, suffering a long-term health issue or overcoming a disability, and we can cater for those with reduced/little mobility, including wheelchair users, amputees and those with coordination problems. We have a range of inclusive and specially adapted bikes, including tandems, trikes, special needs bikes, hand cycles, quad bikes and mountain bikes, although participants are welcome to bring their own bikes.
"A 15-minute session, inclusive of bike and helmet if required, costs just £2 and participants can cycle for as long as they wish to."
Some bikes have been provided thanks to a generous £7,000 donation from the Microgaming Health & Care Trust.