Freetrike is a disability cycling support service for people,
of all ages, who live in and around Devon, UK. This summer Freetrike celebrated 1500 miles of cycling support.
Tom Pales, who established Freetrike in 2012, aims to give people freedom
to enjoy the outdoors all year round. Tom uses specialist equipment, including
ICE trikes, on beautiful traffic-free cycle paths to help people get active. He
is ‘assisted’ by Sophie, a specially trained cycling therapy dog.
The idea for a disability cycling service came after Tom’s father
suffered a stroke. Tom wanted his father to enjoy the countryside and feel
active again, so they started riding trikes together. The experience was so
successful that Tom decided to help others in the same way.
Freetrike uses ICE trikes to help build confidence and allow
people to enjoy their local countryside. Tom provides regular coaching sessions
to increase confidence and ultimately to independent cycling.
Tom has a degree in Health and Social Work from Plymouth
University and has considerable experience in helping people with disabilities
including head injuries, neurological disabilities and amputation. He has also
worked for the UK cyclists’ organisation, the CTC, and is a National Standard
Instructor in cycling.
While Tom’s main focus is helping people enjoy cycling, he also
acts as an ICE Trikes dealer. Click here to visit the Freetrike website to find out how Freetrike can help you.