Sheffield care home residents to enjoy Â£10,000 tri-bike
Care home residents will soon be able to enjoy cycling through the city's green spaces, thanks to a specially adapted two-seater bike.
The tri-bike, which also has three wheels, will be taken in to some of the city's care homes from next month, thanks toÂ Cycling Without Age Sheffield.
Cycling Without Age (CWA) Sheffield is an intergenerational loneliness project and supports access to nature for care home residents.
The bike cost over Â£10,000, but after securing enough funding the group are now looking forward to the delivery of the special tri-bike.
Clare Rishbeth, of Cycling Without Age, said she had previously been able to use one of the bikes to take her aunt out for a cycle, and seeing the jou it brought to her was the catalyst for raising the funds neccesary to bring one to the city.
She said: 'After taking my 92-year-old auntie Margaret for a spin on one of these bikes and seeing her smile and wave to everyone I knew we had to bring this to Sheffield. She said it was fun to be out on the bike.'
The specially adapted tri-bike has space for two passengers at the front, but is pedal powered by one person, known as a pilot, allowing for care residents to be taken out for a bike ride safely.
The bike has been funded by Â£9,500Â grant from The Big Lottery fund and alsoÂ Â£1,000 winnings at Sheffield Soup, an event which gives live crowdfunding to localÂ projects, asÂ chosen by Sheffield people.
The tri-bike is expected to be delivered in February, and will be based at Nuffield Health Centre in Napier Street, meaning it can be taken to care homes located in Sharrow, Nether Edge and Broomhall.
Each trip from aÂ care home will take two passengers out for a ride around quiet roads and local parks, giving them the chance to notice the changes in nature during the different seasons, see what has changed in their local areaÂ and share memories of the places they visit.
The cycle pilots will all be volunteers, who have been chosen by CWA because they areÂ committed to slow safe cycling and chatting with the residents.
The CWAÂ are holding an information and welcome event tonight, and anyone who would like more information about the bike and how it will be used is invited to attend.
The group are also looking for more cycle pilots, and have invited those who are interested in volunteering to do this to go along.
The event will take place atÂ Nuffield Health Centre in Napier Street tonight between 8pm and 9.15pm.
For more information, please contact Clare Rishbeth via e-mail at [email protected]
You can also keep up-to-date with the latest news from CWA, by searching '˜Cycling Without Age Sheffield' on Facebook, or '˜@CWA_Sheffield' on Twitter.