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Information on cycling and disability for those working in occupational therapy

Information on cycling and disability for those working in occupational therapy


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  • 1. Healthy Lifestyles: using cycling in occupational therapy Healthy Lifestyles: using cycling in occupational therapy National organisations Cycling England Cycling England is an independent, expert body, working to get more people cycling, more safely, more often. Established in 2005 by the Department for Transport, we promote the growth of cycling in England by championing best practice and channeling funding to partners engaged in training, engineering and marketing projects. http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/ CTC As the UK’s National Cyclists’ Organisation, CTC has been protecting and promoting the rights of cyclists since 1878. CTC is a not-for-profit organisation that is funded through its membership and donations in return for support. http://www.ctc.org.uk Cyclenation Check for your local campaign group http://www.cyclenation.org.uk/index.php Sustrans Especially good for routes and maps of the National Cycle Network but they do much more. http://www.sustrans.org.uk/ Check this for other groups local to your area http://www.sustrans.org.uk/resources/useful-links British Cycling Traditionally the organisation in charge of winning us Olympic and Paralympic medals, it is now starting to get involved with leisure cycling. It also has a children’s focus, with its “Go Ride” scheme. http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/skyride/local Spokes SPOKES is an informal network for NHS staff who cycle to work or use a bicycle for work purposes. http://www.spokes.nhs.uk/ © Charity number 1120905. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No 06288610.
  • 2. Healthy Lifestyles: using cycling in occupational therapy Why consider cycling in OT? Health benefits of cycling http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/site/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/health-report- exec-summary1.pdf http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/site/wp- content/uploads/2009/01/cycling_and_health_full_report.pdf http://www.sustrans.org.uk/what-we-do/active-travel/139/the-evidence/physical- activity-and-health (a page of links to articles related to cycling and walking in published journals) Not well documented/ researched: A review of the literature: the mental health benefits of walking and bicycling (June 2008) http://www.ibpi.usp.pdx.edu/media/Mental%20Health%20Benefits%20White%20Pape r.pdf Depression in Adults update, National Clinical Practice Guideline 90, NICE (Oct 2009) http://www.nice.org.uk/nicemedia/pdf/Depression_Update_FULL_GUIDELINE.pdf Mental Health Foundation http://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/exercise/ © Charity number 1120905. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No 06288610.
  • 3. Healthy Lifestyles: using cycling in occupational therapy A review of existing cycles and scheme models Photos of a range of 3 and 4 wheeled cycles http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/index.php/our_cycles/ Bikeability and the national standards http://www.dft.gov.uk/ctsb/nationalstandards/ Instructor training Find which organisations provide Bikeability accredited schemes http://bikeability.org.uk/what_is_bikeability__/bikeability_near_you.php To find a National Standards qualified individual instructor the Bikeability link above will give you some leads. Otherwise email contactus@bikeability.org.uk for information. For instructor training providers http://bikeability.org.uk/downloads/List_Of_Accredited_Training_Providers.pdf Other cycle training information inc access to bursaries http://bikeability.org.uk/professionals/ Do you work in a Cycling Demonstration Town or City? http://www.dft.gov.uk/cyclingengland/cycling-cities-towns/ Wheels for Wellbeing Information provided to potential participants at “Cycling for All” sessions http://www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/index.php/bikes_in_the_park/ © Charity number 1120905. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No 06288610.
  • 4. Healthy Lifestyles: using cycling in occupational therapy Getting started Health on Wheels, http://www.nwph.net/phys/Publications/Health%20on%20Wheels%20Guide.pdf Wheels for Wellbeing Can advise on, develop and/ or operate new schemes for you www.wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk Getting started, as an individual, on a 2 wheeler Choosing a bike http://www.ctc.org.uk/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=3788 Go cycling: introduction to cycling http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=3328 http://lcc.org.uk/index.asp?PageID=409 http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11645.aspx Information on the efficacy and safety of cycle helmets http://www.cyclehelmets.org/ Cycle security: London based, but useful information for all http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11688.aspx Issues for new schemes: cycles Cycle manufacturers and more “Special needs cycling guide” with many useful links from established magazine http://www.velovision.co.uk/cgi-bin/show_comments.pl?storynum=559 See also separate manufacturers list. Pool cycles: things to think about § A quick release bolt for the saddle, making it easy to adjust saddle height. § A rack on the back so small bags can be carried. § Mudguards should be attached in at least 2 places (the Raleighs that Croydon Council own have only one fixing to hold the mudguards on which has caused us quite a problem) § A bell, so cyclists can alert people in front of them that they are coming § A footstand, so there’s no need to find a wall to lean the bike against. § If people want to stop then they may want to lock their cycle up. Provided people are in a group then there may be less need for a lock if it’s just a loo stop, but for a coffee stop locks will be advisable. © Charity number 1120905. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No 06288610.
  • 5. Healthy Lifestyles: using cycling in occupational therapy § Some obvious marking to increase the chance of retrieving a bike should it be stolen. § Gears, but there’s not much need for 21+ gears. You can probably get away with 5, unless you expect people to be riding up steep hills. However, in the longer term, the aim for most people will be to buy their own cycle and they may well get one with gears on the front and rear buying cycles with front and rear gears means they can practice. 10 gears (2 rings on the front, 5 on the back) will probably be okay but more does not matter. Make sure the gears are low enough so the cycle is easy to ride for someone who’s not used to cycling and probably not very fit. Less gears also means less to go wrong. Issues for new schemes: money A guide on securing investment for physical activity, from setting up the organisation to finding the data to prove your project is needed to monitoring and evaluation: http://www.pro- activecentrallondon.org/page.asp?section=00010001000600030002&sectionTitle=Inv esting+in+Sport+%26+Physical+Activity CTC guide to fundraising http://www.ctc.org.uk/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabID=4974 Issues for new schemes: sustainability Maps, routes, online journey planners National Cycle Network and other local maps http://www.sustrans.org.uk/resources/publications/free-cycle-maps Check your local council for its cycle maps. Free maps for London http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11607.aspx Journey planner for some cities in the UK http://www.transportdirect.info/Web2/JourneyPlanning/FindCycleInput.aspx Journey planner for people when in London http://journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk/ © Charity number 1120905. A company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales No 06288610.

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