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Outdoors for wellbeing #7 – Accessible cycling

Posted April 2nd 2021 by Ania

Outdoors for wellbeing- accessible cycling

Outdoors for Wellbeing #7 – Accessible cycling

‘Cycling Without Age Scotland’

This week we’re taking a look at an organisation which helps disabled people and older people access the outdoors. Cycling Without Age Scotland use “trishaws”, tricycles with a seat for two passengers on the front and pedalled by one person at the rear. The trishaws come complete with a rain cover/sun shield and waterproof blankets! They have been designed specifically to be accessible and safe for those with reduced mobility.

CWA came to Scotland in 2017, having started in Denmark in 2012. There are now over 50 CWA chapters all over Scotland, with the head office in Larbert. As well as giving people access to the outdoors it gives them a chance to socialise, tackling isolation and loneliness. With volunteer pilots of all ages it gives different generations a chance to come together and learn from each other. A blind passenger once commented that she may not be able to see the scenery, but she could still feel the wind in her hair and hear the birds singing. It really is an accessible experience with benefits for all.

Exploring new terrain: plans for after lockdown

Lockdown has meant that rides have had to be paused, but the staff and volunteers are busy planning for starting again. Part of this is expanding the fleet to include all terrain wheelchairs, the first of which has been purchased and will be available to use in Falkirk. There are also new chapters getting ready to open, including the first city chapter in Dundee.

If you would like to know more you can find all the contact details on their website: Contact – Cycling Without Age

If you’ve been on a trishaw ride, we’d love to hear about it and see your photos!

Check out the other blogs in our #Outdoorsforwellbeing series 😊

With thanks to the Cycling Without Age Scotland team.

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