'Cycling Without Age' movement comes to Pittencrieff Park

Archived news: published on Tuesday 23 Apr 2019 by Fife Council

'Cycling Without Age' comes to Dunfermline

'Cycling Without Age' comes to Dunfermline

An international movement known as ‘Cycling Without Age’ has been introduced to Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline.

 

A group of 11 volunteers, known as ‘pilots’, have been trained by Fife Council. The free bike rides are now on offer to older adults, or individuals who may not be able to access cycling, so that they can enjoy the Park from a bespoke ‘trishaw’ bike.

 

Two trishaws have been purchased by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust and a £90k refurbishment of the Park’s aviary buildings has also been funded by Fife Council to house the bikes and offer additional storage, meeting rooms and toilet facilities.

 

Cllr Helen Law, Convener of the City of Dunfermline Area Committee said: “It’s fantastic to see the volunteer pilots welcoming people into Pittencrieff Park to experience the joy of cycling, especially since the majority may not have been on a bike for many years. It’s a much wider opportunity than that though, offering the chance to chat, share stories and see the Park from a new and relaxed perspective.”

 

Ian Wilson, Chair of Carnegie Dunfermline Trust commented: “The Trustees had no hesitation in providing funding for these unique Cycling Without Age trishaws to allow the elderly and those with mobility issues enjoy the many delights of Pittencrieff Park, with the wind in their hair. The Trust has a strategic focus on poverty, health and well-being and loneliness and we hope that the interaction between the passengers and pilots will help combat social isolation.”

 

Cllr Judy Hamilton, Convener of Fife Council’s Community and Housing Services Committee was keen to point out that this project could be rolled out in other parts of Fife too. She added: “Developing and supporting this network of volunteers has the potential to lead to new inter-generational relationships. I hope it will help older adults or people with mobility issues to remain an active part of their local community and improve their wellbeing.

 

“These are values which chime with our aim of making a fairer Fife and I’m pleased that the Council’s Health Improvement Fund has also secured two bikes for the Lochgelly and Cowdebeath area. These bikes will be based at Lochore Meadows Country Park.” 

 

The trishaws are comfortable, accessible and come with a hood and cost blanket.  Participants sit on comfortable bench seats on the front of the trishaw with full view of the park.   Care homes in the local area are already lining up to offer it as an activity for their residents.

 

To find out more about how to access this free volunteer-led service, pop in to the Peacock Rooms café in Pittencrieff Park or follow the ‘Cycling Without Age Dunfermline’ Facebook page. Sessions can also be booked in advance in the cafe or on the Facebook page.

 

Potential volunteer pilots who would be interested in completing the training and helping to develop the Lochore Meadows project should email PhysicalActivity.Enquiries@fife.gov.uk

Find out more about the Cycling Without Age movement at www.cyclingwithoutage.org

 

PIC CAPTION: Residents of The Beeches Care Home try out the trishaws in Pittencrieff Park.  Group pic includes Cllrs Judy Hamilton, Helen Law and Jean Hall Muir alongside Ruth Ray (Trustee and Sports Convener for Carnegie Dunfermline Trust) and Volunteer Clive Cable.

 

 

 

Helen Law, Councillor 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 23 20 Contact Helen Law online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Judy Hamilton, Councillor 
Tel: 01592 26 65 17 Contact Judy Hamilton online
By Post: Fife council, Fife House North Street, Glenrothes,KY7 5LT

Active Fife Team
Tel: 01383 602393 Contact Active Fife Team online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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