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16 May 2022

Millions of people across the country will benefit from cleaner air and cheaper ways to travel and keep active, thanks to £200 million of government funding for new walking and cycling...

12 May 2022

Local Bike Shop Day 2022 was a great success across the UK, with online platforms thriving as well as a surge in the physical footfall seen in-stores!

12 May 2022

We Can, You Can is a celebration of the many faces of cycling. The way we move is changing. And the people leading the change are like me and you. We can, you can.

10 May 2022

The speech sets out the government’s agenda for the upcoming Parliament, outlining proposed policies and legislation. An overview of the main announcements relevant to independent shops is...

28 Apr 2022

To celebrate Local Bike Shop Day on Saturday 30 April, BetterPoints are offering QUINTUPLE points and the chance to win a £55 bike service by choosing to travel on two...

26 Apr 2022

Wheels for Wellbeing is a Disabled people’s cycling organisation who campaign for equal access to cycling...

26 Apr 2022

The annual celebration of bike shops across the nation is fast approaching! Be sure to pop down to your local bike shop this Saturday to get a taste of the passion, knowledge and personalised...

21 Apr 2022

On Local Bike Shop Day 4 lucky customers that purchase a bike through Cyclescheme will be awarded a £250 cycling voucher for the store they collect the bike from! In addition to offering a...

21 Apr 2022

Cytech are attending the Cycle Show and will be demonstrating key practices in bike maintenance that are useful for both the trade and public. Alongside the show we're offering...

21 Apr 2022

The Scottish Government retail division are looking for input with regards to the recent adaptations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Accessible Local Bike Shops: The Fourth Emergency Service!

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News

Wheels for Wellbeing is a Disabled people’s cycling organisation who campaign for equal access to cycling for Disabled people within an ethos of mobility justice.

WfW welcomes Local Bike Shop Day as an opportunity to celebrate local bike shops that contribute to the mobility and wellbeing of Disabled people and Disabled cyclists, and to ask more local bike shops if they are accessible.

For Disabled people, an accessible local bike shop can be like a fourth emergency service – they fix wheelchair punctures, change bearings and work on cycles such as recumbents and handcycles that have often been purchased from specialist suppliers in other parts of the country or overseas. A dedicated local bike shop can usually find a solution to a problem and get the wheels back in motion again – without which many Disabled people would be completely immobilised.

A significant barrier to cycling for Disabled people is difficulty in getting parts, service and maintenance for non-standard cycles, especially at affordable prices. Likewise, lack of accessibility in bike shops can be another barrier for many. Local bike shops have a huge role to play in overcoming these barriers and enabling many more Disabled people to cycle with confidence.

WfW hope that by taking part in the Local Bike Shop Day campaign we will encourage more local bike shops to be aware of Disabled cyclists, non-standard cycles and the range of bike and cycle adaptations.

We want many more local bike shops to be accessible to Disabled cyclists and confident that they can service and repair their cycles. That way Disabled people will be supporting their local economy and local bike shops will be supporting our vision that everyone should be able to cycle!

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