All Ability Access
Through this project we will provide all ability wheelers and associated storage to address inequalities in access to some of North Ayrshire’s beautiful open spaces and green spaces.
Before COVID, we had a trial for the Eglinton Park wheelers which saw members from North Ayrshire Access Panel, Eglinton Rangers, Dirrens Head Injury Unit, and members of the public attend. The event was a success and instilled an excitement amongst members at the prospect of using the wheelers to get around the park. Based on the feedback from this trial, the 2 wheelers that were the most popular and best suited to the terrain of the Park were the side by side and MT Push. Both wheelers have been procured, delivered and are now at their new home in Eglinton. As soon as the rangers are back on site and COVID restrictions allow we will be able to start loaning these fantastic wheelers out for use during the day/weekend.
Two additional wheelers can now be booked out at Ardrossan Beach via Ardrossan Community Development Hub, who have a temporary office and storage facility situated next to a toilet block that will soon be converted into a fully functioning base for wheeler booking, deckchair hire and other exciting activities. The Hippocampe wheelers are the best type of wheeler for the beach terrain and suitable for adults and children alike with two different sizes available to book. These will be a wonderful asset to Ardrossan and its surrounding community. Its ramped access on to the fairly level beach will provide ample enjoyable experiences for mobility impaired users on our wheelers. There is scope to have wheelers available to book on a more permanent basis for use at Saltcoats Beach as well. Details are still being finalised. Contact Jess for more details.
Our plan for 2022 at Eglinton Park still may depend on COVID but plan to have a proper launch once ranger capacity is restored in the hope to have the wheelers out and being used on a daily basis.
Simple storage units at each of the sites above will allow the wheelers to be stored and maintained by staff on site. Wheelers will be promoted to relevant groups and a booking system will be set up to hire any of the all ability bikes.
Did you know?
Did you know, being outdoors is a great way to keep healthy and improve our mental and emotional well-being. By surrounding ourselves with clean air, wildlife and the beautiful natural scenery of our environment, this can be a great way to recharge our batteries!