I decided to put this site together because of the enthusiasm of my husband, Alan, who took up riding again in January 2012, and has been pleasantly surprised with the positive affects that riding a bike has had for him.

Alan was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 1996 at the age of 43.  He was able to continue his work as a Regional Manager (Civil Engineer) in the Brisbane City Council until he was 50. He has not worked in paid work since then. In 2007 Alan made the choice to have Deep Brain Stimulation, and he currently supplements this treatment with medication.  You can read Alan's story here.

In January 2012, for his 59th birthday, he decided he wanted a bike!  So we decided to join the Brisbane Bike Touring Association to make the most of this new purchase.  And he hasn't looked back.  

When Alan is riding, he feels that he no longer has Parkinsons.  And when he's not on the bike, he feels some improvement with his symptoms.

Alan is very keen to encourage other people with Parkinsons to get on their bikes and start riding.  I hope this site helps in some way to support his desire.

Dianne James
8 July 2012