Cycling regularly brings many benefits, particularly for people’s health and wellbeing – but not everyone has access to a bike. WheelNess works with people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access a bike, helping them to make positive changes in their lives through cycling.
People who can benefit from the project are signposted to it through various organisations including local GP surgeries and Home Energy Scotland. Participants receive 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 provide support tailored to each individual. If they’re too nervous to ride after a long time away from cycling, we’ll be there with one-to-one confidence boosting sessions. If they don’t know how to get from A to B, we’ll show them quiet or traffic-free routes.
In addition to individual support, guided rides and maintenance workshops help to build people’s confidence and skill levels.