Breath of fresh air for elderly residents in Watford as trishaw rides are introduced

Older people across Watford will be able to experience the outdoors and nature close-up after an innovative trishaw cycling scheme was launched in Cassiobury Park...

Published: Wednesday, 3rd April 2019

Older people across Watford will be able to experience the outdoors and nature close-up after an innovative trishaw cycling scheme called ‘The Right to Wind in Your Hair’ was launched in Cassiobury Park by Watford Borough Council, Watford Cycle Hub and Tremona Care Home last Sunday (31 March).

The sight of elderly Watford residents enjoying a spin on three wheels could soon become commonplace. The arrival of the new mode of transport was met with enthusiasm from residents and volunteers, who participated in a try-out of the trishaw last Sunday on Mother’s Day.

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Local resident Marjorie commented: “It was like a trip down memory lane; seeing the dogs and the children in the park, just like I used to do!”

The trishaw, a rickshaw-style device can comfortably seat two people and will be piloted by volunteer cyclists through Cassiobury Park. They have electrical pedal-assist, so there is no need to be super-sporty to be a volunteer. The initiative that aims to increase physical activity and emotional wellbeing with both the passengers and cyclists alike, has been funded through the public health partnership between Hertfordshire County Council and Watford Borough Council.

This project is an expansion of the very successful ‘Lets Ride’ free led and guided rides for all, which the council currently runs in Watford through partnerships with British Cycling and Watford Cycle Hub. Its aim is to get more people - more active, more often, through cycling - encouraging riding groups and offering cycling courses for adults and children.

The rides are free with the trishaws currently based at Watford Cycle Hub. Whether you’d like to book a ride for an elderly friend/relative or fancy becoming a volunteer cyclist, please contact – Nick at Watford Cycle Hub via email: nickb@watfordcyclehub.org.uk for more information.

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