Cycling Without Age scheme is rolling out to Bo’ness

An initiative to help older people get out and about is being rolled out in Bo’ness.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 10:06 am

Cycling Without Age offers free rides for pensioners, and those with mobility restrictions, on trishaws — specially adapted bikes, with double front passenger seats.

The scheme was originally launched in Denmark and supporters say it allows housebound seniors to get the “wind in their hair” and enjoy fun cycles while chatting to volunteer cyclists or ‘pilots’ who ride the trishaws.

A public meeting is being organised in St Mary’s Church, Bo’ness next Thursday, February 20 from 6pm to encourage people to take part. Christine Bell, from Cycling Without Age Scotland SCIO, will be the guest speaker.

Maria Ford, of the networking group Bo’net, said: “We’re really excited about bringing Cycling Without Age to Bo’ness.

“It can bring a new lease of life to elderly people who might struggle to walk along local paths, or get out and about. Thanks to funding from the Rediscovering Antonine Wall project — backed by the National Lottery — we’ve already purchased one trishaw and are in the process of fundraising for a second one.

“These special bikes, which allow passenger access from a wheelchair or hoist, help people discover Roman areas like Kinneil Estate and the wonderful foreshore of Bo’ness.”

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