Tandem and Other Cycling

Tandem Cycling for Parkinsons

The Branch has launched a pilot of tandem cycling on interesting safe routes in Edinburgh and East Lothian for those unsure of their ability and/or confidence on a bike. An additional factor in using a tandem is to gently force increased intensity for the rear partner, with its associated health benefits.
Sessions are being run by Brian Moore who has a lifetime commitment to cycling and its positive impact on health. Brian has completed Tandem Cycle Training with the Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre, Volunteer Induction with Parkinson’s UK and holds a current PVG certificate.

Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd has funded the purchase of the tandem and The Edinburgh Bicycle Cooperative has donated clothing and equipment. The Branch greatly appreciates the generosity of both these organisations.
If interested in participating or to find out more, please contact Brian Moore brian@edinburghparkinsons.org

Edinburgh All-ability Bike Centre

The Edinburgh ABC 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.
The Branch ran a Pilot Programme at the Centre in 2017. Regular attendees found the sessions beneficial in terms of exercise and getting out into the fresh air. Rather than have a dedicated session for PwPs and their care-partners 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. David can also be contacted on 07500 069357