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A little guide to London…plus a mini festival no less!

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 Written by Debs and Mark; most of the Tripility team!

As the sun is shinning (hoorah), I have been thinking back to the things Mark and I got up to last summer (enough to cheer me right up), so I thought I would share our experiences of our first music festival. Now, let me just put you on the right track straight away, this was a one day music festival; no tent, no lack of showering and no over-flowing portaloos, I am not that brave!  This was a very civilised one day affair at the Olympic Park, to see Mumford and Sons. We decided to turn this into a mini holiday to London and (because we are so kind), we have jotted down our access views from our trip, hope you enjoy… Continue reading A little guide to London…plus a mini festival no less!

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Electric bikes-a chance at more freedom? Part two.

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Written by Debs; part of the tripility team.

So, you will all be pleased to know; I survived the bike! Hoorah! That’s the first thing to report, secondly; I think I may be an electric bike convert.

It.is.amazing!

The Big Bear arrived safely last week and was perched in the garage awaiting the big outing at the weekend. My family were staying and we decided to have a jaunt out on our bikes in celebration of the fact that I can now join in…sort of. The day before everyone arrived, Mark and I decided to head out to give me a little bit of practice. We drove to a forest in our local area where it would be quiet, in order to give me space to fall flat on my face (gracefully of course). The Big Bear (the name of the bike) is VERY heavy and VERY big so fitting it in the car was not easy; I decided my skills would be best used in a more advisory role for this part of our trip! So, one slightly scratched car later, Mark had managed to maneuver the bike and we were off. My bike works using both pedal assist and a throttle, I decided to use the throttle so I could focus on balancing on the bike for my first trip. It was ace…and terrifying but  for the first time in many years, I was cycling again! In all I cycled 2.4 miles, I felt pretty proud of my little self, no Tour de France quite yet, but hey, it is a start (although I’m not sure how well an electric bike would go down in a race…). Please go to tripility to read the rest of this post!

Debs on the Big Bear by Woosh
Proving that I did actually try the bike out…

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Electric bikes – a chance at more freedom? Part one

Our blog is now on our main site, here is an excerpt from this post. Please go to tripility to read the rest!

Written by Debs; part of the tripility team.

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So, what do you do if you have a disability, do not possess the amazing arm strength of a paralympian and want to ride a bike??? You buy an electric bike of course!

The world of electric bikes has only recently become one that I have paid any sort of attention to. It all started a few weeks ago, when my lovely sister came to stay. Living on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, the only obvious thing to do on the first (and maybe only) day of sunshine of the year, is to brush the rust off the bikes and head out into the countryside.  Given that I haven’t quite mastered walking yet, bike riding was definitely not an option for me. So I was left feeling slightly depressed painting my nails at home. On their return, all  muddy and in a state of collapse, I mentioned my desire to be able to join in with these activities (I say mention, let’s face it, it was more like I bemoaned my lot) and Mark hit upon an ingenious  plan; thus, the world of electric bikes was opened up to me. Read the rest at our main site tripility!

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Tripility – what we’re about

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Written by Mark; part of the tripility team

The idea for tripility arose around five years ago when looking at holidays abroad, the issue being that my girlfriend has to use a wheelchair for most journeys other than for short walks of 50 metres or less. We wanted to book accommodation via the normal online routes and travel agents but there was limited information on what was suitable for my girlfriend’s needs. There are always speciality lodgings available but why should we be restricted to those? That’s when the idea of tripility came about; we decided that there should be a user focused site that offers reviews of holiday accommodation and destinations in the UK and abroad. Whilst the site originally centred solely  on access for those with disabilities, we decided it could also benefit people who have specific dietary requirements or families with young children who require access information too. The site has been in development for the last year and will soon be launching so we thought it was about time to generate some interest and start building a community with people who have the same interests as us. We also want feedback on the site when it is launched as we know it will not be perfect from the start, so please get in touch via our site or on this blog and other social media sites if you have any helpful suggestions to give us a push in the right direction. We will be looking for bloggers who would like to a guest post on the site, so if you have useful insights into holidaying in the UK or abroad then please get in touch!

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