Cycling Without Age set to launch new Chapter in Oldmeldrum

More and more we are hearing about the benefits to our wellbeing of being outside in the fresh air.

By Kevin McRoberts
Thursday, 27th May 2021, 7:00 am
The Oldmeldrum Cycling Without Age chapter will launch on Saturday, June 5.
The Oldmeldrum Cycling Without Age chapter will launch on Saturday, June 5.

That’s great for people who can manage to get out, but what about the many people in our communities who, because of frailness or difficulties with mobility, are stuck at home?

Well, thanks to an inspiring new venture coming to Oldmeldrum, elderly residents and those with limited mobility will soon be able to get outside as passengers on an electric trishaw when Cycling Without Age Scotland’s newest group (known as a ‘Chapter’) is launched on Saturday, June 5.

Mark Stephen, BBC Radio Scotland’s best known presenter of all things outdoors, has agreed to officiate at the launch.

Cycling Without Age (CWA) started in Denmark in 2012 and was brought to the UK by Cycling Without Age Scotland (CWAS) in 2016. It is a simple but powerful and really effective idea.

Volunteer cyclists known as pilots, are trained by CWA to give enriching rides that bring immeasurable pleasure to their passengers as they get out into their local community – to be a real part of their community.

Christine Bell, Chief Executive of Cycling Without Age Scotland, said: “I’m thrilled that our newest Chapter, Oldmeldrum, is now up and running. From the moment they first contacted us, we have been extremely impressed by their commitment, dedication, enthusiasm and energy!

"I just know that our Oldmeldrum Chapter’s members will make a hugely beneficial difference to the lives of many of the town’s residents – and have great fun themselves while doing so.”

The trishaws only travel at walking speed, so offering the whole social experience of being out: the passengers chatting to people they meet, often for the first time in months or even years, and making new friends.

They are designed so that people in wheelchairs can also use them, if necessary with some assistance to get on and off.

Children in Oldmeldrum were invited to suggest a name for the trishaw and, from the many interesting and imaginative suggestions received, the winning name will be announced at the launch on June 5, which will take place in Market Square, Oldmeldrum at 10.30am.