A Salford PhD student with a disability is fundraising to improve cycling accessibility in Greater Manchester.
Harrie Larrington-Spencer’s Crowdfunder has received over £10,000 in donations to buy e-trikes to loan to disabled people.
Two years ago, Harrie was left with a brachial plexus injury after a car collided with her whilst she was cycling.
She said: “I couldn’t cycle in the same way, but cycling was still important, so I became very focused on making sure that everyone who wants to cycle can and also that they can do it safely.”
Generosity during tough times
With limited use of her left arm and suffering from chronic pain, the 30-year-old invested in a trike to make cycling easier.
Aware of their prohibitive cost for many, however, she started the Crowdfunder to give others a chance to use one.
The money will pay for several e-trikes, as well as fund their upkeep for a number of years.
£10,161 FOR COMMUNITY E-TRIKES IN GREATER MANCHESTER!!!
Thanks so much to everyone who's donated & shared.
It's an astounding amount & will support so many people access the joy of everyday cycling.
— Harrie Larrington-Spencer (@harrielspencer) November 27, 2020
And Harrie appreciates the donations that are coming through during this difficult financial climate.
She said: “I was very reluctant to ask people to support, because so many people are really suffering.
I think it reflects very well on the cycling community as well, and the generosity both within Greater Manchester and beyond.”
Access for all
The fundraiser is in partnership with the campaign group, Walk Ride Greater Manchester.
Its lead for Salford Central, Harry Gray, says that whilst Harrie represents the changing face of cycling, better promoting inclusivity should be a priority.
The 24-year-old fashion entrepreneur said: “We see a lot of parts of Salford have barriers to entry…
Cycling is for everybody and we should be bringing everybody with us.”
Salford City Council’s Cycling champion, Councillor Jim Cammell wants to link Harrie to the council-funded Salford Community Voluntary Services (CVS).
He said: “[It’s] brilliant. It’s a fantastic project… we can get in touch with CVS and see what else the council can do to help.”
Reflecting on the fundraiser’s success, Harrie added: “Cycling for me is joyful, so to be able to share that with others is just a lovely thing to do.”