Cycling in Queen Elizabeth Park

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-05-22
Session date: 
May 22, 2013
Reference: 
2013/1238
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Are there plans to run a disabled cycling centre as part of the development of Queen Elizabeth Park and the legacy of the 2012 Games?

Answer

Answer for Cycling in Queen Elizabeth Park

Answer for Cycling in Queen Elizabeth Park

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) is funding a partnership project with a local social enterprise, Bikeworks, called All Ride which will enable people of all abilities to cycle and deliver a Paralympic sporting legacy for east London. All Ride is an inclusive project for disabled young people working with local schools and holding cycling sessions for young people aged 11 plus. The scheme aims to reach 700 disabled people before March 2015 and encourage them to try out cycling.

In addition, the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, the body which owns and will run Lee Valley VeloPark in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will act as an internationally prominent hub for Paralympic cycling, as well as providing the chance for beginner cyclists with disabilities to ride adapted bikes at a world class venue. Lee Valley VeloPark, which houses the Olympic BMX Track and the iconic Olympic velodrome, will also be home to a road cycling circuit and a vast network of mountain bike trails. As a centre it will provide the opportunity for specialist coaching for cyclists with disabilities and a number of exciting new all ability clubs are expected to grow out of the venue as the Authority's legacy plans unfold.