Love To Pedal

Love to Pedal - Chair based cycling with virtual bike rides

This adapted cycling opportunity allows people to enjoy moving at home using pedal exercisers and a choice of ten to thirty minute bike rides that have been filmed across Somerset to bring it to life!

Ideal for older adults or those living with long term health conditions, Love to Pedal encourages people to move more in an accessible, safe and enjoyable way. Chair cycling has many health benefits whilst being an effective form of low impact exercise and therefore more gentle on the joints. This makes it a really good choice for people living with osteoarthritis or any condition where weight bearing may be difficult. Pedal exercisers can also improve cardiovascular fitness, strengthen the muscles that help us to sit to stand and use the stairs effectively, increase general mobility, support weight management and improve circulation and related conditions.

Care Homes

SASP secured funding to support 54 care homes across Somerset with the Love to Pedal opportunity. Pedal cycles have been distributed far and wide across Somerset to provide residents with the chance to try something new, to increase their physical activity levels whilst perhaps sparking some happy memories from the rides they have completed.

Individual Love to Pedal

SASP is working with a number of partners across Somerset to reach those most impacted by Covid-19 to offer the Love to Pedal at home opportunity.

A number of pedal exercisers are available for you or a family member to loan for six weeks alongside our virtual bike rides. Our rides can be accessed via the below links, via the Somerset Activity and Sports Partnership YouTube Channel or a DVD can be requested should this be the preferred option. A participant pack accompanies the pedals and provides all the information needed to get started and to enjoy the experience. There's even a set of weekly record cards to monitor and track progress because goal setting can be really helpful when re-starting any form of physical activity.

Here is a list of our partner organisations supporting us with Love to Pedal:

West Somerset: Integrated Rehabilitation Therapy (IRT) and the Stroke NHS Teams

Sedgemoor: Bridgwater Health and Wellbeing Coaches (SASP) and the Sedgemoor Village Agents

Taunton: Taunton Wellbeing Service Health Coaches and Taunton Village Agents

Mendip: Health Connections in Frome and Mendip Village Agents

South Somerset: Both East and West Primary Care Network Health Coaches and Village Agents

SASP's Love to Pedal at home opportunity can be enjoyed through this loan scheme but it can also be enjoyed by anyone with a pedal exerciser or static exercise bike at home who is able to access the rides via a smart TV, laptop, tablet or phone for example. Being able to virtually cycle along in Somerset countryside (that may otherwise be inaccessible), we hope will provide people with a sense of familiarity, motivation and perhaps spark some fond memories also.

Some feed back from people so far...

''I was given my pedals as I don't own a bike but needed to exercise my legs as i'd been immobile through illness for most of last year. SASP was very helpful and I found the pedals easy to use and I generally pedaled as I watched the TV. I'm very grateful for the help I have received and anyone considering getting a set, I would definitely recommend!'' - Sheila

''Some days when the weather was poor and lockdown was hard, it was useful to pedal. It proved to be a useful physical outlet and great for emotional wellbeing too'' - Carol

''Love to Pedal improved my overall mobility, particularly my arms as I would often place them on the table and use. I am active every day now!'' - Brian

The Rides

SASP is constantly growing its library of virtual cycle rides to supplement Love to Pedal, however we already have a range of iconic Somerset rides available to get you going!

Rides are available on the SASP YouTube Channel along with the all important demonstration video detailing how to safely set up and pack away your pedals. Once you have viewed this video and are happy to begin pedaling, use the links below to choose the best ride for you.

Partners and Sponsors

Partners and Sponsors

  • Sport England
    Active Partnerships
    Somerset Business Award Winner
    Somerset Chamber of Commerce
    CPSU
    Disability Confident
  • Somerset Skills & Learning
    Youth Sport Trust
    activity alliance
    pluss
    Sedgemoor District Council
    Avon & Somerset Police
  • South Somerset District Council
    Somerset Partnership
    Yeovil Hospital Healthcare
    Taunton & West Somerset Council
    Mendip District Council
    Homes in Sedgemoor
  • Macmillan Cancer Support
    Spark Somerset
    YMCA Dulverton Group
    Department for Work & Pensions
    EDF
    Somerset CCG
  • SAPHTO
    together team
    Somerset Cricket Board
    British American Football Association
    Badminton England
    Somerset FA
  • British Cycling
    Create Development
    Children in Need
    The Salvation Army
    Somerset County Council
    Lifeline
  • Channel Adventure
    Somerset Community Foundation
    Nova Sports & Coaching
    Zing Somerset
    Sports Coach UK