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Free e-cycle scheme for Manchester NHS staff


Cycling UK says it has been helping NHS staff in Manchester discover the cost, health and environmental benefits of e-cycling regularly. Through its ‘Making cycling e-asier’ scheme, Cycling UK has been providing e-cycle loans – as well as skills and confidence sessions – to NHS employees in the city.

The loans and opportunities to try e-cycles aren’t just limited to NHS staff. Cycling UK is inviting communities across Manchester to celebrate Cycle to Work Day today (3 August) by signing up to the scheme, which is available across several locations in the area. By driving less and cycling more, Cycling UK says NHS staff have cut down on shorter journeys to and from work, which previously they might have driven, and in doing so made the daily commute more enjoyable.

Fiona Slade, audit and governance midwife at Wythenshawe Hospital, said: “I used to have a frontline job, but I now sit at my desk for nearly nine hours a day. Being less active over the last few years has been a shock to my physical system and I struggle with my back, however cycling has helped to ease discomfort and pain.

“I really enjoyed my free one-month e-cycle loan, especially when I was listening to the birds or smelling cut grass as I pedalled. For those considering signing up to Making cycling e-asier, don’t be intimidated, give it a go. If I can do it, anyone can.”


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