Cycling for Parkinson’s

The Edinburgh ABC (All-ability Bike Centre) at the City of Edinburgh’s Bangholm Outdoor Education Centre 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. A qualified leader and volunteers are available at all times during sessions.

Julie Hooper, a recently-retired physiotherapist with specialist knowledge of Parkinson’s trained as a volunteer with the Centre. A talk by Julie at the 2016 Branch AGM 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 in May 2016, resulted in the Branch running a Pilot Programme at the Centre. This was for up to 6 PwP’s plus carers for 12 weeks in the spring and early summer of 2017.

Regular attendees found the sessions beneficial in terms of exercise and getting out into the fresh air and one couple now have their own tandem as a result of attending sessions. However, rather than have a dedicated session for PwPs and their care-partners (this was held on Tuesdays late morning) it was decided to encourage people to use the Centre during any of the open sessions.

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