Cycling Without Age launches free service in Sidney

People with mobility issues in Sidney can now catch a ride on a modified bicycle.

The Cycling Without Age Society launched their free transportation service on Monday, April 1st.

Steve Duck, the president of the Cycling Without Age Society, says they are a non-profit group, providing a free service to anyone with mobility issues in Sidney.  He says this includes seniors, and people with mental or physical illnesses.  Speaking to CTV Vancouver Island, he showed off the modified bicycle they would be using.

"Each bike is $14,000, and part of that is getting the bike here, there's about a $7,000 price tag to ship them here.  They're an electrical assist, and as you can see, it's like a rickshaw, where the people can ride up front and have a good view.  But the bike itself is very well engineered and easy to ride, even without power, to get people around, and comfortable."

The bikes were shipped from Denmark, where the Cycling Without Age initiative was started.

He says anyone who wants a ride just needs to contact the Society.

"One of our pilots, and all of our pilots are very well trained, will pick them up either at their home or wherever they're located.  Take them out for about an hour, we don't think it's any more than that, and give them a ride either down to the beach or down into town.  If they're able, we'll stop for a cookie and coffee or something like that, and have some fun and conversation."

He adds Sidney is the best place to launch the service, because the roads are smooth and flat.  He says anyone who wants a ride, either on the back or in the rickshaw, should contact the Society through their website.

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