Wexford County Council secured funding via Healthy Ireland for the purchase of the Triobike (a bike cycled by volunteer cyclist and carries two passengers). Wexford County Council have setup a pilot scheme to cycle the residents from specific care homes.
This initiative has been a collaborative approach between Wexford County Council, OPW, JFK Trust, Integer (Lake Regions – whose staff has volunteered to cycle the residents of nursing homes) and enrolled care/nursing homes.
This Cycle without Age Initiative is being piloted in JFK Arboretum in New Ross, due to its scenic value and traffic free wide smooth surfaced pathways. 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. The Cycling Pilots take charge of the Triobike for the duration of the bookings.
Wexford County Council hope that the Cycling without Age initiative in Wexford will:
- Cater for the elderly from a cycling perspective.
- Reignite the sense of freedom that cycling brings. The feeling of wind in your hair would hopefully invigorate those that take part in this initiative.
- Encourage the art of conversation between the different generations – pilots and residents of the nursing home.
- Inspire other organisations/care homes to purchase their own Triobike and offer this type of service to the people in their care.
Wexford County Council are inviting nursing\care homes to take part as and when we have enough volunteers to cater for the requests to cycle the Triobike.
Note: This initiative is only available to care/nursing homes that have already enrolled with the Cycling Officer, Wexford County Council. The Triobike must be cycled by trained volunteer cyclists only.
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