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Bike Buddy’ plan to help disabled people use adapted cycles

Deniz Huseyin
04 October 2022

 

A programme to enable disabled and older people and those with long-term health conditions to use adapted cycles has been launched in Greater Manchester.

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and accessible cycling charity Wheels for All will support three organisations in the city region to launch cycling projects. 

As part of the ‘Bike Buddy’ programme, Wheels for All also provide training and mentoring to the organisations, equipping them with the skills to enable cycling amongst the individuals within their care.

Funding from TfGM, totalling £145,000, can be spent on: adapted cycles (tricycles, recumbents, and hand cycles); helmets and Hi Viz vests; Lock and lights; cycle training; route planning; participant mentoring; and maintenance support packages.

Organisations and charities in Greater Manchester interested in taking part need to submit an Expression of Interest by 21 October.

Dame Sarah Storey, Greater Manchester’s active travel commissioner, said: “Wheels for All have been delivering opportunities to help people with disabilities and long-term health conditions to gain access to cycling in Greater Manchester for several years, so the announcement of the Bike Buddy partnership is a new and exciting step for the region.

“The health and well-being benefits of cycling and spending time outside must be available to everyone and the Bee Network is being built to be accessible for everyone too. It is therefore vital that opportunities to access cycling are provided to help break down past barriers that are often faced by people who need a non-standard cycle and additional support. 

Caroline Powrie, Bike Buddy coordinator at Wheels for All in Greater Manchester, said: “We are looking to partner with up to three organisations from across Greater Manchester to enable their staff, volunteers and participants to embrace cycling as a regular activity for everyone to enjoy.

“Cycling is a fantastic leisure activity for all ages. It gets people out and about in all kinds of different environments and is brilliant for improving overall fitness, raising levels of activity generally, and boosting your overall mental health and wellbeing.”

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