The COVID-19 pandemic may have disrupted rides, but Cycling Without Age continues to provide inclusive opportunities.
Bicycle NSW has been pleased to report on the successful expansion of the Cycling Without Age program, where volunteers pedal trishaws carrying people who are not able to cycle independently. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that for parts of 2020 and 2021 it has not been possible for rides to be offered to elderly passengers.
In spite of these challenges and disruptions, 147 rides went ahead during the 2020/21 year. They carried 291 passengers, and 5 special public days were hosted. In addition, 11 rides were carried out as part of training volunteer pilots, without whom the program couldn’t operate. Eight new pilots have been trained for the Parramatta Chapter, and nine more people have registered to be trained when COVID restrictions allow.
“This is a lovely program that brings joy to so many people. We applaud the efforts of Adrian and the volunteers who make it possible,” said Bicycle NSW General Manager of Public Affairs, Bastien Wallace.
“The trishaws help remind us all that bicycles come in many shapes, and our paths and infrastructure need to built for inclusion,” said Bastien.
Click here for more information about the program or to register your interest and volunteer.