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1 Sep 2022

Home Office data has shown more customers leaving shops, restaurants and petrol stations without paying as the cost-of-living crisis bites. The data shows there were 51,486 offences of...

31 Aug 2022

Industry charity GroceryAid has teamed up with Business Debtline to provide support and guidance to the growing number of independent retailers facing debt and unpaid invoices.
The move...

30 Aug 2022

Nearly 14% of small UK businesses expect to close in the next twelve months, according to a new report published by the Federation of Small Businesses.

25 Aug 2022

The Trade Remedies Authority, the UK body that investigates whether new trade remedy measures are needed to counter unfair import practices and unforeseen surges of imports, has proposed that...

24 Aug 2022

The Department for Transport has announced a £12.7m trial to begin later this year, in which GPs in England will be able to prescribe walking or cycling as a way of improving mental and...

23 Aug 2022

Government research has revealed that UK businesses only begin to appreciate the importance of cyber security once the business has sustained a “serious” attack.

18 Aug 2022

Small shops are defined as any shop less than 1,850m² (or 20,000 ft²). There are around 500,000 small shops in England and Wales – accounting for £11.5bn worth of rateable...

18 Aug 2022

Over 100 leading UK retailers have written a joint letter to Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales requesting that violence and abuse against retail workers be made a priority,...

17 Aug 2022

Industry magazine BikeBiz has opened nominations for its annual retailer awards in association with ArmaUrto. Categories include IBD of the Year, Omnichannel Retailer of the Year, and Best...

17 Aug 2022

According to the BRC-KPMG Retail Sales Monitor, retail sales rose in July though the news came with a warning that this could be the “lull before the storm”.

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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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