Happy birthday to Warmley Wheelers!

WARMLEY Wheelers, a community initiative dedicated to promoting cycling and enhancing wellbeing, is celebrating its tenth anniversary.

It provides accessible cycling opportunities for individuals with health conditions and supported needs, of all ages and abilities, who might find it challenging to use a regular bicycle.

Run by Milestones Trust, a local charity that supports adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs, Warmley Wheelers offers specially adapted bicycles for use by anyone who would like to use them.

Service coordinator Andy Underdown said: “Over the ten years we’ve been operating, we’ve seen firsthand the positive impact that making cycling accessible can have on individuals who would not otherwise be able to ride a bike – and we remain committed to expanding access to this life-enriching activity for years to come. Our range of bikes mean that we can accommodate a wide range of needs.”

Hilary Crowhurst, chief executive at Milestones Trust, said: “In addition to promoting physical activity and wellbeing, Warmley Wheelers has brought the simple joy of cycling to many individuals over the years – it provides an important connective function in the community and I’m proud to see it celebrating such an important milestone.”

Warmley Wheelers was started by Liz Gray who, after moving into the area with her husband and son – who is autistic – was amazed to discover that there was no place that offered disabled cycle hire along the whole of the Bristol and Bath Cycle Track. Attending the celebration, Liz said: “It is very satisfying to have an idea that actually comes to fruition. Without the support of Milestones Trust, the coordinators Patrick and Andy, and of course all the wonderful volunteers, the project would not be the success it is today. It’s such an important service and seeing the benefit it has brought to so many people really warms my heart”.

To mark the occasion, Warmley Wheelers invited people who use the service, volunteers, funders and supporters to join them for celebration, including a group ride to nearby Avon Valley Railway at Bitton, and a walk through Warmley Forest Park, with the day ending with cake.

Andy said he hopes the event will inspire even more people to get involved and use the service in the future.
For more information about Warmley Wheelers, including how you can book a session with an adapted bike, please visit www.milestonestrust.org.uk/what-we-offer/warmley