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Wales: Cardiff offers bikes on prescription in UK first

05 July 2019

Two GP practices in Cardiff have launched a pilot project prescribing patients with a six-month membership to a bike share scheme, in a bid to tackle heart disease.

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This ground-breaking pilot, led by Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB), is the first of its kind in the UK, and will give patients access to one of the 500 nextbike bicycles installed at stations around the city, following the introduction of the bike share scheme to Cardiff last year.

Dr Tom Porter, consultant in public health medicine with Cardiff and Vale UHB and Public Health Wales, says: ‘Cycling is a fantastic form of physical activity and riding your bike is one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of ill health while building your cardiovascular fitness. It’s also great for improving mental wellbeing too.’

Feedback will be sought from participants and, if it proves a success, they will look to roll out the scheme more widely across the city, he adds.

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