Cycling for Parkinson’s

Julie Hooper is a recently-retired physiotherapist with specialist knowledge of Parkinson’s, who has trained as a volunteer with the Edinburgh ABC (All-ability Bike Centre) at the City of Edinburgh’s Bangholm Outdoor Education Centre. At our recent AGM Julie gave us a short talk about the many benefits of cycling for people with Parkinson’s. Inspired by Julie’s talk and the testimony to the benefits of cycling put forward by our own Branch Member, Lindsay McDermid, at the Parkinson’s: Let’s Get Moving event last May, the Branch ran a Pilot Programme for up to 6 PwP’s plus carers, for 12 weeks, from Tuesday 18th April, 2017.

The Cycling for Parkinson’s Group now meets from 11am to 12 noon at the Bangholm Outdoor Centre, which has a large and safe off-road cycling area, and good access to the well-paved cycle paths network. It has an impressive assortment of specialised bikes, trikes and pedal machines that adapt to a very wide range of physical abilities and which participants can use at no cost. Julie is the facilitator with other volunteers available to help. To find out more, please contact

David Glover from ABC, david.glover@cyclinguk.org and copy to Julie, jehooper@hotmail.co.uk. David can also be contacted by ‘phone on 07500 069357