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LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day during Bike Week from 9th – 17th June.

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Bike Week, which runs from 9th to 17th June, is the UK’s annual celebration of cycling.

During the week, online cycling promotion platform LovetoRide will be giving away a bike every day. For the chance to win a bike – register at www.lovetoride.net, ride a bike anywhere, anytime for just 10 minutes during Bike Week and log your ride. You can also win prizes for encouraging others to ride and sharing your cycling stories and photos.

More news: Successful Horsham production comes to Crawley

Two new cycle routes have been completed in time for Bike Week 2018 and a third is in its final stages of construction.

The schemes in Arundel Road, Fontwell – part of a longer route between Bognor Regis and Bignor – and for Crawley, Worth Park Avenue – part of the Crawley Growth Programme – were delivered by West Sussex County Council and opened last month. A new link alongside the A259 between Flansham and Climping is in its final stages of construction.

The county council is also developing a number of schemes for future delivery as part of its Walking and Cycling Strategy 2016-2026. The council is also working in partnership with the South Downs National Park Authority, Adur and Worthing Councils, Chichester District Council, Crawley Borough Council, and Horsham District Council to develop Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIPs). This work will build on existing strategies and help to identify priority routes for future investment.

Last year was a record-breaking year for the county council’s team of cycling instructors, who deliver Bikeability training in schools and provide one-to-one courses for adults. A total of 9,801 people received training during 2017/18, including 1,129 balance bike users.

Bob Lanzer, Cabinet Member for Highways and Infrastructure, said:

“Cycling helps to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, and is a great way to increase physical activity and wellbeing.

“I am very pleased West Sussex will be hosting Velo South later this year, a 100-mile closed road cycling event, which will see 15,000 riders cycling through the West Sussex countryside on Sunday 23 September.”

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Inspiring Crawley man crushed under dumper truck and left paraplegic fundraising for pioneering rehabilitation

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Twenty years ago Steve Collins had a horrific accident when he was crushed after a dumper truck tipped over on him.

Following initial rehabilitation, his condition, was described as incurable.

“There was nothing more the NHS could do for me,” says Steve.

“Since leaving hospital I have always managed to live independently in my own bungalow using my resourcefulness and ingenuity to live a full and active life, but my goal has always been to heal my body.”

For the last fifteen years Steve has been involved in pioneering work in the field of Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation. Known as ABR Therapy, this is the brain child of a Russian man called Leonid Blyum.

“I have been working under his guidance and we are proving that spinal injury is a treatable condition.” Steve Explains.

But there are no miracle cures and it is a long slow process and in all this time Leonid Blyum has been evolving and refining the techniques as the therapy has developed.

So far Steve has made enormous improvements and is now well on his way to walking again, but there is still a long way to go.

“In order to overcome a spinal injury, it is necessary to rebuild the catastrophic collapse of the primary core structure of the body. Unfortunately the medical establishment focuses solely on nerve damage and fails to see the vitally important bio-mechanical aspects. When we address the bio-mechanics and rebuild the structure we find that the nerve pathways re-establish of their own accord, despite the terrible damage I did to my spine.”

“Before this therapy my body was terribly depleted and everything was a struggle, including sitting. I could sit on the bus, but had to hold on for dear life. Now I can sit comfortably with my hands in my lap as the bus lurches round the corners. In the past when I went to sleep I woke up in exactly the same position, full of aches and pains. Now I have the strength in my body to toss and turn in my sleep like anyone else. I used to be paralysed from the waist down, now I have strength in my pelvis and control of my legs at the hips and knees. I live comfortably and move around with ease, can crawl on all fours and weight bear through my legs with a good hand hold.”

“I have every intention of walking again and need another five years to finish rebuilding my body. It is important that I continue this work, not only for my own future, but for the future of all who follow in my footsteps. I make it my mission to show what is possible.

Now Steve is fundraising to continue the vital work in Advanced Bio-Mechanical Rehabilitation and to also help him walk again.

You can support Steve and his campaign by going to his GoFundMe page here.

For more information you can also see Steve’s website here www.spinalroots.net

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