People of all physical abilities can try cycling for free using specially adapted bikes in an Enfield park.

A range of bicycles and tricycles to suit varying physical abilities and disabilities are available for residents to use at the All Ability Cycling Hub for Adults at Bush Hill Park.

The free drop-in sessions are held every Monday in the park in Lincoln Road, Enfield, from 10am to 3pm.

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Karen, who has arthritis, attends the sessions and benefits from the adapted cycles.

She said: “Now I have arthritis in my joints I wouldn’t be able to get on an ordinary tricycle because of my knees.  

“The seats on this inclusive tricycle are more upright.

“With cycling I’m able to move about a lot and more quickly. 

“Walking now is not so enjoyable. I need a stick to assist me.

“There are lots of people using Bush Hill Park, you see lots of people, toddlers and babies.

“That’s really nice. Cycling gives me freedom of movement and exercise.”

Enfield Council’s cabinet member for environment, Cllr Rick Jewell, visited the hub to try out the bikes.

Epping Forest Guardian: Cllr Rick Jewell on a tricycle. Picture: Enfield CouncilCllr Rick Jewell on a tricycle. Picture: Enfield Council

He said: “It was wonderful to be invited to see the All Ability Cycling Hub for Adults in action.

“The hub is a very popular and cherished facility and there were queues of residents forming to try out the various bikes shortly after the session opened on Monday, which was great to see. 

“I appreciated the opportunity to ride the various bikes and trikes available and it was good to receive feedback from residents who regularly visit the hub, who were enjoying their time out in the park.

“I’d encourage anyone who is interested in cycling and meeting new people to come along and join us for a free session in the future.” 

The sessions are held all year round and are supervised by two qualified instructors who are available to help support riders.

Set up in 2014, the sessions are part on The Inclusive Cycling Scheme run by Enfield Council.

A total of £30,000 worth of funding was given for the bikes.