Sheffield City Region Wheels for All programme to support inclusive cycling

//Sheffield City Region Wheels for All programme to support inclusive cycling

Published 16th October 2020 at 11:49am

Cycling Projects, the national inclusive cycling charity, is delighted to announce the appointment of Leanne Knight as the Sheffield City Region Wheels for All Regional Co-ordinator.

Wheels for All is the first regional programme of its kind in the country and, after being created in partnership with the Sheffield City Region Active Travel Team, will support existing inclusive cycling providers in the region, as well as aiding the development of new provision across Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.

The project will build on the regional and national momentum around cycling and active travel, and ensure that more people are given the opportunity to experience the benefits that cycling can bring, and have the chance to weave cycling into their day-to-day lives.

A particular focus will be given to ensuring that a variety of inclusive cycling packages are available to those who have seen their opportunities to be active reduce, and therefore make an enormous difference to individuals and communities across the region.

Dame Sarah Storey, Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region, said: “I am very excited about the creation of this role and the appointment of Leanne to lead the programme. When I was appointed by Mayor Jarvis in April 2019, I pledged our programme would be a leader in its provision for people with disabilities and mobility impairments.

“It’s vital we enable everyone to have the same opportunities when it comes to leading a healthy and active lifestyle, and by developing this role we are putting this at the heart of our plans. Having already spent time at our existing Sheffield Cycling for All group in Hillsborough Park in Sheffield, I am excited about what can be achieved by having a network of similar opportunities across the region.

“Along with the partner authorities, we have plans to build over 1000km of active travel lanes in the region over the next 20 years, and these will all meet the standard to be accessible for those using adapted bikes and other mobility aids. Therefore, alongside the plan to create infrastructure, it’s also vital that we create the opportunity for people to build their confidence and independence in cycling, so they can fully benefit from the provision when it is funded and built.”

Leanne Knight added: “It is a privilege to be welcomed into this role at such an exciting time, when we have seen an increase in physical activity and improvements to cycling infrastructure.

“I am looking forward to building on this and taking a person-centred approach in order to develop and create regular, sustainable and inclusive cycling opportunities across the Sheffield City Region, whether this is part of organised sessions or front door opportunities. I look forward to developing this role and seeing lots of positive outcomes.”

Find out more about Wheels For All

Find out more about Dame Sarah Storey and the SCR Active Travel Programme.