June 26, 20232 Minutes

Yorkshire Bike Shack launches Walk n’ Wheels Project

In February of 2023, YBS were awarded the contract to run the Active Travel, Social Prescribing Pilot for Doncaster, which is one 11 towns/cities in the UK in the trial governed by The Department of Transport.

With a focus on helping people with long-term health conditions and disabilities, the project will improve mental and physical health and reduce disparities across the country.

We have a range of services on offer such as long term bicycle loans, accompanied bike rides, walking groups and cycling tuition. A fleet of new regular and adapted bikes will be available to cater for all abilities.

See the Walk n’ Wheels page on our website for more information and how to access the programme.

Quote from Peter Edwards, an Associate at Systra:

“An absolute pleasure to take a trip to Doncaster on Friday and finally meet colleagues from Doncaster Council who we have been working with since last year on their Active Travel Social Prescribing Pilot. We are now supporting them with the monitoring and evaluation of this inspiring scheme to get more people in Balby walking and cycling. With their local social enterprise partners Yorkshire Bike Shack, Pedal Ready and Flourish working out of the beautiful Woodfield Park, local people will be able to access walking groups, cycle training, adapted bike loans and lots more right in the heart of their community. Was fantastic to hear that even after a very ‘soft’ launch they have already taught a local resident to ride a bike and get involved in led rides having been referred by a link worker. We will be working with Doncaster and their partners for the next three years to monitor and evaluate the scheme and hopefully demonstrate the positive impact it can have on communities so that the pilot can be rolled out across the country.”