Published: Thursday, 9th August 2018
Residents are being encouraged to get involved in a new community project that could see the increasingly popular Trishaw initiative available in Wilton Lodge Park.
Pioneered in Denmark, the Trishaw is currently being wheeled out in different towns and cities throughout Scotland with support from Cycling Without Age Scotland. They are an ideal way for people with mobility problems to get outdoors and socialise and can be accessed from wheelchairs, walking frames and hoists. The vehicle is motorised to enable it to get up slopes and has a hood for shelter.
Trishaws already popular in Tweeddale
Trishaws were introduced to Tweeddale earlier in the year and are already proving popular with older people in Peebles who have been enjoying trips alongside the River Tweed.
Get involved in Cycling Without Age Hawick
Our Community Capacity Building team is now working with the Outdoor Education team to bring the Trishaw experience to Hawick. They are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved, either by helping to set up the Cycling Without Age Hawick Group or even by becoming a Trishaw Pilot.
Councillor Tom Weatherston, SBC’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care
“This is an innovative and fun way for older people to get out and about and enjoy some fresh air and local scenery. Having access to a Trishaw would give older people in Hawick and visitors from the surrounding area a great opportunity to have a ride around Wilton Lodge Park, recently awarded Green Flag Award status, enjoying the cycle paths and visiting the new bandstand and café.
“It is also an ideal way to get involved in the Council’s #yourpart campaign which is encouraging people to do what they can to support their own health and wellbeing.
“I would encourage anyone who would be interested in developing the project to get in touch and find how they could be involved. The team has already had positive feedback about the idea from some of Hawick’s older residents and it would be wonderful if they could be given the chance to take part in this hugely enjoyable and beneficial experience.”
- To find out more, contact the Community Capacity Building team on 01835 825080, online or through Facebook @SBCCommunityCapacityBuilding
- Information about the Cycling Without Age Peebles project is available on Facebook @CWAPeebles or from The Bridge Tweeddale on 01721 723123.
- Images of the Peebles Trishaw are available on Flickr
- Information is also available from Cycling Without Age Scotland