Residents of Nursing/Care Homes to re- experience the thrill of Cycling as Cycling without Age comes to Wexford
The unforgettable enjoyment of cycling is being made available once again to residents of care and nursing homes in County Wexford, thanks to a unique cycling initiative, launched today Wednesday 13 June 2018 by Wexford County Council at the OPW’s highly popular JFK Arboretum, close to New Ross Town.
The Cycle without Age initiative is a partnership between Wexford County Council, OPW, JFK Trust and Integer (formerly Lake Region). Integer Staff have volunteered and offered their spare time to operate the specially-designed Triobike and cycle the residents of enrolled care/nursing homes around the expansive grounds of JFK Arboretum.
The Council secured funding via the Healthy Ireland Programme for the purchase of the Triobike - a bike cycled by a volunteer cyclist and carrying two passengers in the front. The novel scheme is being piloted in John F Kennedy Arboretum in New Ross, where traffic-free, wide, well-surfaced pathways combine with the park’s beautiful scenery and accessible amenities to create a comfortable and highly enjoyable experience for the residents of nursing homes who have signed up to the project.
The Care\Nursing homes make a trip to the Arboretum with some of their residents, having already booked the use of the Triobike via an online booking system. The Cycling Pilots from Integer are automatically notified and attend at the appointed times to cycle their passengers in comfort and safety around the well-known visitor destination.
Speaking about the initiative Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State for the OPW and Flood Relief said, “I am delighted that the OPW is part of this exciting new scheme which will provide elderly members of the local community with an opportunity to enjoy the wonderful plant collection of international standing in the beautiful surroundings of the John F. Kennedy Memorial Park and Arboretum”.
Speaking at today’s launch, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, John Hegarty, stated "I'm both delighted and very proud of Wexford County Council’s involvement in facilitating this new Triobike initiative. Wexford has so much to offer as an outdoor activities destination and it is wonderful to think that the fun of cycling, the fresh air and beautiful scenery here at JFK Arboretum will now be enjoyed by many who may not have had the opportunity previously. I have no doubt that this initiative will be a massive success and I look forward to seeing it expanded to other areas of Wexford and beyond."
Frank Burke is Cycling Officer at Wexford County Council. “We hope that the Cycling without Age initiative will offer the elderly in our communities an opportunity to once again enjoy the thrill and enjoyment of cycling” said Frank. He added “By taking a trip in the Triobike, these residents can once again experience that sense of energy and freedom that only cycling can bring and of course they can also enjoy the added dimension created by opportunity for conversation between the different generations – the pilots and the residents whom they transport”.
Wexford County Council is hopeful that the introduction of Cycling without Age at JFK Arboretum may inspire other organisations and care homes throughout County Wexford to purchase their own Triobike and provide a similar service to the people in their care.
The JFK Arboretum Triobike is only available to care/nursing homes that have already enrolled with Wexford County Council as the Triobike must only be cycled by appropriately trained volunteer cyclists.
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