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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”.

11 Aug 2022

A viable option for today’s cash-strapped consumers looking to spread the cost of their new method of transportation is retail finance. Retail finance can take the cost of their new...

11 Aug 2022

Cycling UK has opened nominations for its annual list celebrating inspirational women who empower others to get cycling

11 Aug 2022

It has been reported that the Government is likely to introduce a causing death by dangerous cycling law as part of new legislation to be included in a Transport Bill which will begin its...

11 Aug 2022

With climate change and fuel prices on the rise, many people are turning to alternative methods of transportation in order to cut their carbon footprint and save money. The government is slowly...

10 Aug 2022

The Family Bike Club, a non-profit family cycling social enterprise project, is seeking to collaborate with a proficient cycle mechanic to offer repair services to the passing public from their...

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...

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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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