WheelNess in Inverness improves people’s health, wealth and happiness by supporting them to cycle for everyday journeys. Free access to a bike and a personal programme of support is targeted particularly at people on low incomes and those with underlying health conditions.
COVID-19 Update

Though the social distancing advice from the government is designed to keep us all safe and healthy, too much time indoors can be frustrating, and many will be feeling the need to be more active for the sake of their mental and physical wellbeing.

There are plenty of things you can do indoors such as yoga, aerobics, weight training or even indoor cycling if you have the right equipment. However, individual activities outside are still advised as perfectly safe and could help clear your head and avoid the dreaded cabin fever.

Read our advice here.

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.


Contact WheelNess

You can keep up to date with WheelNess on Facebook and Twitter or email brendan.dougan@CyclingUK.org or fiona.johnston@CyclingUK.org for more information.


​WheelNess is funded by Transport Scotland.