Elderly people and those with disabilities are being encouraged to sit back while someone else pedals.
Inclusion. Leona Clarke and Lynice Abott, who helped initiate Cycling Without Age Wallaroo, and Copper Coast Council elected member Cathy Vluggen, are encouraging people with disabilities and the elderly people to jump in the trishaw bike for free rides. Photo: Yorke Peninsula Country Times
Wallaroo Community Development Association has launched a Cycling Without Age chapter and purchased a trishaw bike to transport people across the Copper Coast comfortably.
The program has been enabled by a $10,000 grant through the state government’s Positive Ageing Fellowship Grants 2022-23 received by Copper Coast Council, in partnership with WCDA.
An additional $5000 from the RAA Grassroots Giving program and private funding from local cyclists also helped the initiative come to fruition.
WCDA president Andy West said Cycling Without Age Wallaroo would provide a unique service by connecting those who are not able to cycle with their community by giving them free rides on trishaws.
“Free rides for those with mobility issues will be offered (to aged care and disability support services),” Mr West said.“Comfortable slow rides will provide a unique opportunity for engagement with the community and nature — users can feel the wind in their hair while forming new friendships.”The trishaw bike has two gel seats, a retractable hood and removable footplate to allow people with walking difficulties to sit down without lifting their feet.Cycling Without Age Wallaroo is seeking volunteers to register as pilots to ride the bike, as […]