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Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme launches a specialist business to keep older people and those with disabilities moving

By Calum MacLeod

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Specialist business City Mobility is keeping older people and those with disabilities moving, thanks to the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme – even though it has nothing to do with bikes.

Instead it will provide a helping hand with wheelchair and puncture repairs, and tyre replacements for mobility scooters and powerchairs as one of 300 businesses and projects in Scotland taking part in the scheme.

It offers £50 towards the repair or service of a manual wheelchair, or puncture repairs or tyre replacements on mobility scooters and powerchairs and is aimed at people who would otherwise struggle to afford to have their equipment serviced or fixed.

City Mobility goes to customers’ homes anywhere in the Highland, Moray, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire council areas to do the repairs.

Carol Elliot, City Mobility’s managing director, said as a person with a disability herself, it was always important to her to ensure people with disabilities could access these opportunities.

“We are delighted to be able to help people get their mobility equipment back in use through the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme,” she said.

“We’ve had a really good response which shows there is a real need here.

“People want to be able to get out and about safely and not have to reply on others, so a mobility scooter is ideal for that.”

In total, 30,000 people are expected to benefit from the Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme, which is funded by Transport Scotland and administered by Cycling UK

Shona Morris, Scotland Cycle Repair Scheme programme manager at Cycling UK, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many bike shops and community organisations getting involved.

“The Covid crisis has hit many people hard, so we know it can be difficult to pay for essential repairs right now.

“We’d encourage those people to dig their bike or mobility equipment out of the shed or garage, get it fixed up and get travelling again.”

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