This pilot project in Inverness helped to improve people’s health, wealth and happiness by supporting them to cycle for everyday journeys. Run from 2018-2021, WheelNess provided free access to a bike and a personal programme of support, particularly targeted at people on low incomes and those with underlying health conditions.

Cycling regularly brings many benefits, particularly for people’s health and wellbeing – but not everyone has access to a bike. WheelNess worked with over 200 people who wouldn’t otherwise have been able to access a bike, helping them to make positive changes in their lives through cycling.

People were signposted to the project through various organisations including GP surgeries, local support groups and community organisations. Participants received a bike, helmet and other equipment suitable for their needs from one of several independent bike shops in Inverness.

Everyone’s cycling journey is different, so WheelNess staff provided support tailored to each individual. For people too nervous to ride after a long time away from cycling, our team was there with one-to-one confidence boosting sessions. If they didn’t know how to get from A to B, we showed them quiet or traffic-free routes.

In addition to individual support, guided rides and maintenance workshops helped to build people’s confidence and skill levels. Social sessions created camaraderie, helped to reduce isolation and enabled people to learn from one another

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​WheelNess was funded by Transport Scotland.