The Open Wheel are proud to announce two new team members and a brand new and unique course for cycling instructors. The course is for cycling instructors and volunteers working in, or intending to work in, the inclusive cycling field.
The course has been designed, created and delivered by two of the most experienced people in inclusive cycling in London.
Nick is an NS Instructor and Instructor Trainer, having previously spent twenty years as an English Language Teacher and Teacher Trainer. He has been extensively involved in the London Inclusive Cycling scene for the last 7 years. Nick continues to deliver inclusive cycling sessions for Bike Works, Pedal Power, Wheels for Wellbeing and British Cycling.
Born with cerebral palsy, Mark is a Disability Equality Trainer and Access Consultant, having started his career in IT and Finance. After nearly 25 years out of the saddle, he rekindled his childhood passion for tricycling after the 2012 London Paralympics. Mark has since taken to two wheels and has been both a user and worker in the London inclusive cycling scene for the last six years.
Train the trainer: Inclusive cycling training course
This course is delivered over two days and is suitable for NSI Continued Professional Development.
Day one is classroom based and day two is practical experience of delivering an inclusive cycling session.
The course includes:
- Different types of all ability (AA) cycling provision
- Exploration of what is disability
- Session logistics, impairments, barriers and communication
- Risk assessments for all-ability cycling
- Types of adapted bikes and the important accessories
- Comparison of AA and bikeability cycling
- Practical session delivering all-ability with users, reflection and feedback
The International Workshop on Delivering Cycling Training and Activity Sessions for Disabled People
On the 11th September 2018, the first international workshop on inclusive cycling was held at University College London. The workshop was convened in order to develop best practice internationally.
The following presentations were given.
Nagahiro Yoshida, Osaka City University:
- Inclusive Cycling in Japan
Divera Twisk, SWOV Netherlands/ CARRS-Queensland:
- Cycling education for children in the Netherlands
Nick Barrett and Mark Crouch, The Open Wheel:
- The role of training in inclusive cycling provision in the UK
Rachel Aldred, University of Westminster:
- Do planners imagine disabled people as potentially cycling in London? An analysis of transport and cycling strategies
Bart Melis-Dankers, Royal Dutch VISIO:
- Cycling training for people with visual impairments in the Netherlands
Takao Yanagihara, Kindai University:
- Cycling by Elderly People in Japan
Pola Berent, University College London
- Inclusive cycling training and activity sessions in the UK: a perspective of people with disabilities, parents and carers and cycling instructors
Itaru Fujie, Aozora Foundation
- Running Inclusive Cycling Activity Sessions in Japan
The conference abstract for Nick and Mark’s presentation was:
Do inclusive cycling providers have a training agenda? Or is ‘activity provision’ the main objective? Are inclusive cycling instructors trained or do they learn on-the-job?
The presentation investigates the current situation for inclusive cycling provision in London and examines the role of training for both the participants and the instructors. What type of training is available and what would the sector benefit from? Conference attendees were invited to share their own experiences of inclusive cycling training.
For more information or to book a course, contact Michael on firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 07915612309