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Communications Designer becomes pedal-powered chauffeur

Communications Designer becomes pedal-powered chauffeur

Communications Designer Lindsey Merifield is helping older people in Calderdale relive their youth by getting them back on bikes.

Having completed her training with Cycling Without Age Calderdale, a non-profit organisation which offers older people free rides around the borough on electric-powered trishaws, Lindsey is now a qualified cycle pilot. 

Cycling Without Age promotes accessibility and overcoming barriers, reconnecting older people with nature and their communities. The program also provides an opportunity to develop new intergenerational friendships between pilots and passengers.

The project makes cycling accessible to people who might have lost the opportunity to explore their local surroundings on a bike. It's more than an outing, it's about connecting people with the environment and the people they are doing the activity with.

Lindsey said: “I saw a photograph on Facebook of two ladies enjoying a Trishaw ride and thought wow, what a great idea, I would love to be able to do that so I got in touch and completed the training.

“The ladies who willingly volunteered to take a ride had just been in ‘The Cafe @ The Track’ at Spring Hall and both said it was a really great first time experience and one said it was the best thing she had done this year!” 

Cycling Without Age are currently training up a team of volunteers before they start taking bookings. 

The worldwide Cycling Without Age movement launched in Denmark in 2012 and now operates in 40 countries. 

If you would like to volunteer yourself, contact cwacalderdale@gmail.com 

The charity is particularly keen to find a volunteer with a van and anyone who is interested in supporting back office organisation.

Lindsey

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