On Sunday 16th September York Cycle Campaign are joining forces with disabled cycling charity 'Empowered People' and organising a cycle ride to demonstrate the freedom and independence that cycling can bring. Both of York's MPs, Julian Sturdy and Rachael Maskell, have expressed support for the event, along with a number of councillors from City of York Council.
“Everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from and enjoy the freedom that cycling brings. I commend York Cycle Campaign for the work they are doing to make cycling in York safer and more accessible, particularly for those with disabilities,” says Julian Sturdy.
“Cycling is so liberating, and I believe that everyone must be given the opportunity to cycle and barriers to cycling be removed. In drafting Labour’s Active Transport Strategy, I have stressed how disabled people must be enabled through making adaptable cycling available and through investment in safe infrastructure,” says Rachael Maskell.
The ride will cover a distance of around 25 miles, starting at Cycle Heaven in York, following the planetary trail to Pluto and then on to Selby, and returning back to York along quiet lanes. Empowered People will provide full support for the ride, and any disabled riders will be teamed up with a dedicated support-rider. Able-bodied riders are also most welcome, and indeed encouraged to join the ride. York Cycle Campaign will be setting up an EventBrite ticketing system for people to book their place soon. Unfortunately we can't take riders under the age of 16 on this ride.