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20 Jul 2022

Are you an ACT member? You can get free access to the full range of ACT job boards! Alternatively, an ACT silver membership is the same price - just £60 per year - for...

20 Jul 2022

Mark Brown, guest writer for the ACT, has created a graph using DfT data that compares the use of different vehicles...

20 Jul 2022

Each week Maybe* round up the best social media posts from across the UK. See who's coming...

14 Jul 2022

It's been a busy first half of the year at Maybe* HQ and they've kicked off the second half with one of their favourite celebrations, Independents' Day. Maybe*'s support of the campaign made 21...

14 Jul 2022

The DfT's plan set out the UK’s world-leading ‘greenprint’ to create cleaner air, healthier communities and tens of thousands of new green jobs across the UK.

14 Jul 2022

The Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme works with bike shops across the country to provide free bike repair and maintenance to those who need it most right now.

7 Jul 2022

The strategy sets out objectives and an estimated almost £4bn of investment across Government through to 2025 to deliver the commitments outlined in the Prime Minister’s ‘Gear...

6 Jul 2022

Running social media competitions and Instagram giveaways are an easy way to build your audience and your engagement. But there are a few tips and tricks you need to master, as well as those...

6 Jul 2022

As e-bikes from a reputable shop can often seem overly expensive to consumers, it is also important that IBDs present them with opportunities to spread the cost, through services such as retail...

30 Jun 2022

Independents' Day weekend is taking place from 2-3 July 2022. To celebrate Maybe* have got a tailor-made competition you can share across social media to encourage your customers to shop indie....

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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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