A group formed in Cummins to help the elderly get outside and enjoy the fresh air has received their $14,000 Danish trishaw which will be used as leisurely form of transport for both the pilot and passenger.
Cycling Without Age Cummins received its trishaw on Tuesday, September 4, and members have already used the vehicle to get elderly people out and about in Cummins.
The trishaw has a carriage on the front accommodating two people with a maximum load rating of 160 kilograms and is operated by a “pilot” who steers and cycles the machine which is operated like a bicycle.
A storage compartment in the trishaw has been loaded up and contains blankets, gloves and hot water bottles to keep passengers warm and a covering on top of the bike shelters them from the elements.
Project co-cordinator Tiff Firth completed her trishaw training induction in Adelaide over the weekend and said she was ready to start training people on how to become a pilot.
She said rides throughout the town had been successful and the community has been very welcoming with the addition of a trishaw making its way around town.
“(There’s been) lots of smiles, waving and cheering...it’s been awesome,” Mrs Firth said.
She said the main passenger base for rides would be people living at the Miroma Place Hostel and the Cummins and District Memorial Hospital, but would be open to bookings from other people.
Miroma Place will provide a storage space and maintain a roster for the trishaw, containing a list of available riders to be paired with passengers.
Mrs Firth said a chest harness would be added to the carriage so those who suffered from dehbilitating diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, were able to safely ride in the trishaw.