The bike experience is a charity that basically runs experiences for disabled people to ride motorbikes. They hire some track, and have adapted bikes / helpers who assist to get people riding again.
It’s as much as giving people hope / confidence as it is about riding a bike.
Anyhow - friend has just shared the devastating news that following a bike crash on Monday she’ll never walk again. She’s broken her back (3 vertebrae) damaged her spinal chord, 2 broken ribs and a broken shoulder. Fair to say she’s not in a good way and under going surgery today. 40, NHS worker and a couple of kids to boot.
So I thought I’d send her a link to ‘The bike experience’ just to give a glimmer of hope that life in a wheelchair can still have positive aspects (obviously it’s crap - but you know what I mean)
So I jump on their FB page and this is the first message I read:
After a decade of operating, with more than 400 disabled people give the fabulous opportunity to ride two wheels, the charity is likely to stop operating for the time being.
We have had no success in any finding applications, all sources are focused on Covid related charities. No previous supporters have been able to offer help. There is no money left to pay the PLI, pay the equipment insurance, hire the venues, repair the equipment etc. We have enough to continue to pay for the storage of all the kit for the next few months whilst we attempt to find somewhere to either store it until we get funding, or find someone with money to take it over.
The knowledge is still here, so for the foreseeable future we will act as a point of knowledge and advice. Plus I am prepared to come along to venues to instruct from the sidelines if that can help those who have their own equipment and have places to ride.
It is a great shame, but unfortunately in this world, you need money to make the magic happen. Still, we have helped to change the lives of 400 riders, some have gone back to the roads, some are track day riders, some are racers, others have gone on to other areas and taken new challenges.
Who knows what the future holds, but for the time being, the charity is held over and waiting.
So, any thoughts of how to get these guys the help they need to get up and running again?