A Bicycle Made For Two

A Bicycle Made For Two

On 15th November volunteer led movement Cycling Without Age Hurst & Hassocks celebrated the arrival of its second trishaw at Proper Cycling & Coffee in Hassocks.

Trishaws are specially adapted power assisted bikes that take two local elderly passengers out for rides to feel the wind in their hair. Rather than sitting alone at home the trishaw offers elderly people an opportunity to get out in the fresh air, see new things, meet people and have fun. In winter extra blankets and hot water bottles to keep people cosy.

The new trishaw has been kindly funded by the Burgess Hill District Lions who became aware of Cycling Without Age when our first trishaw took part in the Burgess Hill Charity Bike Ride.

All Cycling Without Age trishaws, in over 40 countries, are given names, our first trishaw is called Bunty, after Bunty Parkinson who lived in Hurstpierpoint and our new trishaw has been named Peter, in memory of Peter Charlton. Peter had been a keen cyclists and in later years lived at Villa Adastra where he loved going out for trishaw rides often with his daughter Claire as pilot and his wife Norma as fellow passenger.

Cycling Without Age is so grateful to the Lions as having two trishaw means we now have one based in Hassocks and one in Hurstpierpoint, but expect to see us out in convoy too, cycling passengers from Age Concern, The Memory Moments Café, Villa Adastra, at local village events and bike rides etc.

As one of our regular passengers says, “it’s a bit different” and we hope that more locally, people will be encouraged to give it a go. There is no upper age limit, globally the oldest passenger is 107!

We now have over 30 volunteers trained to ride our trishaws and we are happy to pick up from home and take people out.

Please call Proper Cycling & Coffee on 01273 841 611 to book a ride or email bridget@cyclingwithoutage.org.uk