Motivating families to be active: Fahd and Hecham’s story

The HSBC UK Bike Bank loan scheme has helped motivate many families to be more active and get outside, creating a new social activity to enjoy together. For recipients of the bikes who also love technology, it has offered them an alternative, more dynamic activity for them to engage with as a break from technology.

Fahd talks of the impact of the Bike Bank scheme on his family saying, “The bikes for my children have been an excellent idea as they have been able to be active and be out of the house on many occasions, they are no longer playing on their consoles and tablets and are out of the house doing some exercise and keeping active along with myself who also has a Birmingham bike”.

Similarly, Hecham adds “My girls are enjoying their bikes, they love cycling in the park with their friends. Cycling has been a great activity, away from watching TV and playing with Gadgets. It’s a much needed physical activity”.

“Great initiative, much appreciated”.

About HSBC UK Bike Banks

HSBC UK Bike Banks is a programme that will help hundreds of children from across Birmingham onto two wheels by providing free bikes and equipment, has been launched by HSBC UK and British Cycling, alongside The Active Wellbeing Society.

The long term bike loan programme aims to reach children within the top 10% most disadvantaged communities of the city, to ensure that, regardless of their background, children have access to a bike and can embrace the joys and health benefits of cycling.

HSBC UK Bike Banks is free to use for anyone aged 15 and under (with parent or guardian’s consent) and can be delivered in a school setting or in the local community.

Cycling initiatives for you…

If you would like to find out more about cycling opportunities including details of led rides and cycling groups near you, learn to ride courses for both children and adults, and how you can get involved in the HSBC UK Bike Bank scheme please visit:

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Adeel Khan
Author: Adeel Khan