“Freedom Wheels” aims to get everyone on their bike
“Freedom Wheels” believes in making the old adage “easy as riding a bike” realistic for all Australians.
The group aims to ensure that the unique pleasure of feeling the breeze in your hair as you cycle around your favourite street can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their capabilities.
“Freedom Wheels” under their official name, Technical Aid for the Disabled, recently received a grant for $2255 from Orange Ex-Service Club to bring their unique project to Orange for the first time.
For nearly half a century, the group have created purpose-built bikes for those who would otherwise not have the opportunity to cycle.
“These are all customised and personalised bikes for people with different needs; each bike is unique,” spokesperson Cathryn Pudner explained. “This money will provide people in Orange the opportunity to connect to the project for the first time; and for that we are very grateful,” she added.
First-stage of the project will be a “Freedom Wheels Assessment Day” in Orange to evaluate those who would like one of their specially-designed bikes, she explained.
The trip will be part of a sweep of the central west (a volunteer group already exists in Bathurst) to be held before or after Christmas. “We will contact support services in the area and other groups that may be interested in getting involved… we’ll also advertise locally before we come-up.
“Because, in the end, there’s nothing quite like the innocent pleasure of riding a bike, and it’s something that everyone should get the chance to enjoy,” Cathryn concluded.