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West Midlands on The Move launched in Coventry

Published Monday, 20 November 2017

Unique power stations are launched in Coventry as part of a new Combined Authority initiative.

West Midlands on the Move

Coventry was the chosen city where the exciting new initiative by the combined authority has been launched.

West Midlands on the Move is a Combined Authority physical activity strategy to boost the wellbeing of people in the West Midlands region. As part of this, a conference was held at Coventry University and a Human Power Station has been installed by the One Friargate complex by Coventry railway station.

The Human Power station, is an exercise bike which charges up any electrical device plugged in via its USB ports, but the charge will only work if the bikes are being cycled. This will be the first urban power station in the city.

West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street and Deputy Mayor, Bob Sleigh, were in attendance at the launch event held at Coventry University’s Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor talked about the importance of the strategy and working together with local authorities and partners. 

Talks were also delivered by Professor Guy Daly, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council and Councillor Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member for Public Health at Coventry City Council.

Conference guests had the opportunity to have group discussions and ask questions about the initiative.

West Midlands on the Move focuses on how raising physical activity levels getting more people active and reducing inequalities can also help us meet social and economic targets set out in the WMCA Strategic Economic Plan (SEP).

Cllr Kamran Caan, Cabinet Member of Public Health and Sport, said: “We are delighted that Coventry was chosen as the location for this important initiative to be launched. Hosting this event here in Coventry is testament to all we are doing to encourage the public to make more active choices to improve their health and overall wellbeing.”

“We’re also excited about the Human Power station being installed. A power station where you can charge devices whilst using an exercise bike helps save electrical energy and also provides something free and active for people to use. ”

Professor Guy Daly, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at Coventry University, added: “The launch of West Midlands of the Move was a great opportunity for us all to come together and share ideas about how we can work together to improve health and wellbeing across the region.

“This initiative is an exciting opportunity for organisations to work together on big ideas to encourage people across the West Midlands to take up physical activity more often and it was fantastic to be able to launch it in Coventry.”

The West Midlands on the Move document can be downloaded at: https://www.wmca.org.uk/media/1865/wm-on-the-move-strategy.pdf

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