Trial of Boma All Terrain Wheelchair

SONY DSCThe Prospectory and the Eco Travel Network are partnering to run a 1 year trial here in the Brecon Beacons National Park of a Boma All Terrain Wheelchair.

The Boma will be based in Talybont on Usk and will be available for visitors, local residents, accommodation and activity providers to hire for a day or longer. The idea is to enable less mobile individuals to join family and friends in getting off-road to enjoy our abundant trails, hills and waterfalls.

The Boma has been ordered and should be with us by Christmas. We will then check out its capabilities and identify some promising “Bomable” routes for people to enjoy. We hope to be ready for others to hire it by February 2015. Watch this space for updates and do get in touch in the meantime with any ideas for routes or questions.

The Boma was developed by Chris Swift, a qualified engineer and tetraplegic, who wanted to enable people  with limited mobility to enjoy the outdoors to the full – climbing hills, going off road, exploring trails and having fun. Most visitors to the Brecon Beacons National Park come here to be active and get out and about on the hills, explore the mountain bike and horse trails and river and canal paths everywhere across the Park. The National Park has been working to make routes which are wheelchair accessible but it’s still difficult to take the average motorised wheelchair or mobile scooter on any uneven ground or stony tracks or up or down hills. What interests us about the Boma is that it could enable individuals (of any age) who are less confident walkers or have limited or highly restricted mobility to enjoy getting up in the hills or along cross country trails accompanying their more mobile friends and family members. It might then enable the National Park to attract more visitors who have limited mobility or are registered disabled. It should at least be fun to try!

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About Alison Kidd

Research Psychologist
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One Response to Trial of Boma All Terrain Wheelchair

  1. Ceri Donovan says:

    They have made at least one of the mountain bike trails at Coed y Brenin accessible for adaptive mountain biking – these two websites might be interesting is you haven’t already seen them! https://www.facebook.com/ChallengeYourBoundaries?sk=wall
    http://www.adaptivemtb.co.uk/

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