Park and ride!

Date published: 25 February 2011

CHADDY the Owl helped launch a new cycling centre for Oldham’s with special provision for the young and disabled.

The Wheels For All scheme was officially launched in Alexandra Park yesterday to promote the health benefits of cycling.

The Latics mascot saddled up alongside Oldham Youth Mayor Liam Turner and Mayoress Jean Jones to try out some of the 30 specially-adapted bikes as well as mountain bikes and trikes on offer.

The Oldham Council-run project has also seen input from Oldham Community Leisure and Oldham Community Health Services.

It has been devised for children and adults with disabilities, families and teens.

Instructors will be on hand to teach eager users how to handle the bikes.

Riders will then be free to explore the delights of the park at their own pace, as well as take advantage of the cycle path network linking to other parts of the borough.

The club is based at two new container units on the Kings Road car park at the park, with those wishing to take part are required to join as a member either individually or as a family, or group.

Sessions are free during March and small charges will apply from April onwards.

Join in on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am-2pm, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4pm-6pm and Sundays 11am - 3pm.

For more information contact Kevin Lanham on 07581-306-394 or email