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Pedaling an indoor cycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute. Fast pedaling is not a cure for Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but compelling evidence shows that it does make a real difference for many who try it. We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.


  • Improve the quality of life of Parkinson’s disease patients and their caregivers
  • Educate patients, caregivers, and the general public about the benefits of maintaining an active lifestyle after a Parkinson’s diagnosis
  • Support research dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s disease

Program Information

Who Participants must be diagnosed with Idiopathic PD. Participants must also complete and submit a signed consent form and medical clearance.

When and Where

The Parkinson’s Cycle program is available at the Spears Family YMCA and the Ragsdale Family YMCA.

Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to your first class to get set up.

Spears YMCA: 1pm on Fridays
Ragsdale YMCA: Tuesday and Thursday at 10:15am, Wednesday at 5:30pm

This program is free for both members and community guests.

Parkinson's Cycle Brochure

Parkinson's Cycle Assessment