Disability Sports Hub

Inclusive bike hire

Inclusive bike on road

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Inclusive Cycle Scheme. This scheme is part of The ‘District Council Disability Sports Hub’ Project, whereby all 11 Council areas received disability sports packs, including sports wheelchairs, inclusive bikes, boccia sets and sensory packs.

We will be piloting the inclusive bike hire scheme in Shaftesbury Park, Carrickfergus throughout July and August.

See below list of bikes available for hire

(Bikes must be pre-booked in advance):

Participants must complete an inclusive bike hire form, Everybody Active registration form and undertake an induction with a member of Council staff before they can hire the bikes.

  • Wednesday 28 August 2pm
  • Thursday 29 August 7pm 
  • Saturday 7 September 11am - 12noon
  • Saturday 14 September 11am - 12noon
  • Saturday 21 September 11am - 12noon
  • Saturday 28 September 11am - 12noon
Bike Hire Form Everybody Active Registration Form
   

For more information or to book contact:

E: inclusivebikehire@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

Please familiarise yourself with the information for the cycle you intend to use, primarily for your safety and in order to get maximum enjoyment from the experience. If in any doubt or you are using the equipment for the first time, ask a member of staff for assistance.  

‘How To’ videos for adjusting each of the cycles can be found on the Disability Sport NI YouTube channel.

Bike Types

Type of bike

Information

Hand Cycle

Hand cycle

 

Availability:

  • Shaftsbury Park: 1 Adult + 1 Junior

Suitability:

  • Participants who have a lower limb injury or physical disability
  • Participants who can use their upper body to propel the cycle

Key safety messages:

  • Ensure Safety Flag is in place in the slot behind the seat.
  • The main hazard around the hand cycle is the high position of the chain and chainrings.  Be careful with loose clothing such as scarves/ties etc.
  • Apply parking brake for transfer on/off the cycle
  • Brake by pulling hand pedals back towards you
  • Seat position can be adjusted
  • Stability is key when using this bike – any three-wheeler, if used recklessly, can tip – be careful turning corners at speed.

Junior Trikes

Junior Trikes

Availability:​

  • Shaftesbury: 1 Junior

Suitability:

  • Participants who have a physical, sensory or learning disability
  • Participants who have poor balance and coordination
  • Participants who need assistance with steering and/or braking

Key safety messages:

  • Stability is key when using this bike – any three-wheelers, if used recklessly, can tip – be careful turning corners etc!
  • The trikes are equipped with a parking brake lever which should be applied when getting on and off, particularly on a gradient
  • A carer or assistant can also steer the bike from behind using the ‘Carer control lever’ that is shown on the picture; this can also be used for braking.
  • Do not apply excessive downward pressure on the carer control lever.

Side by Side Social Tandem

Side by Side tandem

Availability:

  • Shaftesbury

Suitability:

  • Participants who may not be confident about cycling on their own
  • Participants who may need assistance with steering
  • Participants who may need assistance with propelling the cycle

Key safety messages:

  • Side by side tandem where users can operate independently of each other, unlike a conventional tandem bicycle.  So one can pause pedalling or select a different gear independently of their companion. 
  • Apply parking brake prior to mount & dismount, raise armrest and push handlebar away to ease access.  Once seated adjust seat fore & aft to avoid overstretching legs. Release the parking brake and away you go! 
  • Pause pedalling momentarily when changing gear, hub gears are unlike derailleur gears where rotation must be maintained during a gear shift. 
  • Gentle movement of the handlebar for turning, the steering is sensitive and unnerving if pushed excessively. Braking is done by rotating pedals backwards. If in doubt seek assistance.

Wheelchair Transporter Bike

Wheelchair Transporter Bike

Availability:

  • Shaftesbury

Suitability:

  • Participants who have a high-level physical disability and would be unable to propel a cycle with either their upper or lower body
  • Should be used with manual wheelchairs only

Key safety messages:

  • This wheelchair carrying tricycle must be demonstrated by a member of staff to first time users – the safe loading, securing and unloading of the wheelchair user is paramount – if unsure don’t.
  • Ensure both parking brakes are applied prior to loading & unloading.
  • Release split pin and platform release lever to tilt down, reverse user onto platform fully until wheels touch the buffers, and apply the wheelchair's brakes. The platform will tilt level and click securely as the wheelchair loads - the wheelchair must be in the correct position for the correct centre of gravity.
  • The platform release lever and its split pin must be returned to start position.
  • All three harnesses must be hooked onto the frame of the chair, one applies tension fore and two aft – when correctly secured and tensioned and the chairs own brakes applied the chair will not move. 
  • Release using the red latch and then tension by turning the knob on each ratcheted anchor point. If in doubt seek assistance.
  • To unload simply reverse the procedure. Don’t forget to remove the platform release lever split pin and release the platform, as the wheelchair user rolls forwards slightly the platform will gently tilt down.
  • Ensure the wheelchair user is given full support when going unto and coming off the ramp, this may require 2 people for wheelchair users with reduced/no balance.