Cyclists of all abilities are being offered an opportunity to get their first taste of independent mobility through a new project launched by Transport Scotland.
Derek Mackay, Scotland’s transport minister, joined representatives from national cycling charity, CTC, and FABB Scotland (Facilitating Access Breaking Barriers), a national youth organisation for disabled young people, to mark the start of the Edinburgh ABC (All-ability Bike Centre).
The project, which has received £50,000 of Scottish Government funding, will see the centre fully equipped with a range of adaptive bikes together with support, guidance and advice to help participants build their confidence in the saddle.
The project aims to benefit children and young people with disabilities, older people who haven’t cycled for a long time and people who have never cycled before.
Derek Mackay said: “The Edinburgh All-Ability Bike Centre (ABC) project is important in giving people of all ages and abilities the opportunity and confidence to try cycling – some for the first time – and at the same time overcome personal disabilities and barriers.
“Encouraging as many new people as possible to take up cycling is a key in moving forward if we are to meet our shared vision for cycling.”