Wheels for All - Oxford was set up in 2012 with the assistance of the Cycling Projects - the national inclusive cycling charity. It was run for several years by the Sports Disability department of the City Council by Lucy Tappin. In 2018 this department became Active Oxforshire - a charitable organisation promoting physical activity in Oxfordshire and in 2019 the responsibility for delivering the sessions was transferred to members of the volunteer team, in particulat Steve (who was one of the founding volunteers back in 2012) and Jennifer who is a qualified Bikeability trainer.
Wheels for All continues to be supported by Cycling Projects, Active Oxfordshire and also Access Sport (a charity meeting the urgent need to improve young people’s health and wellbeing) and is affiliated to British Cycling. We also work in conjunction with Oxford City Athletic Club which runs the athletics track where we are located.
Further details of these organisations are available on their respective websites:
Would you like to help us make our participants smile?
Our volunteers tell us that it’s a deeply satisfying experience being part of a team that brings so much joy to people who’s opportunities may otherwise be limited. It is also very inspiring to see what our participants achieve despite the challenges they face.
Our volunteers help with a variety of tasks: getting the bikes out of storage, checking the bikes are OK, greeting participants and their carers, chatting to them, helping fit cycle helmets, helping choose an appropriate bicycle, adjusting the bike for them, guiding and re-assuring participants, accompanying them on a two-seater or riding round next to them, encouraging and praising participants, helping keep everyone happy, advising on cycling skills and bikes, helping maintain the bikes, helping prepare refreshments, socialising and sharing the fun, trying out different sorts of bikes, helping put the bikes away after a session, record keeping, fund raising, publicity and lots more. You can help with one or more of these activities, you can attend for the whole session or just an hour or two, you can help regularly or just occasionally - it’s up to you.
The primary role of Wheels for All staff and volunteers is to run the session and offer guidance, advice and support in relation to cycling and cycling related matters. The carers, parents or guardian accompanying participants are responsible for the care and supervision of the participant.
If you’d like to learn more come and visit one of our sessions to see what we do or contact us to find out more.
Come and join the fun - share your enthusiasm for cycling whilst helping others enjoy themselves.
We are now running sessions every Friday. We cater for adults (16+) with a wide range of physical and mental disabilities and we would like to enlarge the number of participants, schools and organisations that make use of our facilities.
We also cater for independent participants, whether they have a disability or just want to re-discover the benefits of cycling or boost their confidence in a safe supportive environment before progressing to cycling elsewhere. Our participants range in age from 16 to over 90 and everything in between.
We would also like to enable participants to have the opportunity to improve their cycling skills whatever level they begin at. This can be done informally by progressing through a list of activities or (in due course) more formally through one-to-one bespoke cycle training . More of our volunteers are seeking to train as cycle instructors.
We also hope to link up with other organisations and clubs offering both on road and off road rides, or just purely social rides.
The social side of Wheels for All is also very important. We make all, participants, parents, carers and volunteers welcome at our sessions. The emphasis is very much on having fun with plenty of opportunity for everyone to chat (both on and off the bikes).
We are very grateful for support from