AGE-FRIENDLY CYCLING

Cycling Without Age project launched in Dundalk

Tia Clarke

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Tia Clarke

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tia.clarke@dundalkdemocrat.ie

Cycling Without Age project launched in Dundalk

Cllr Meave Yore pictured at the launch of the Cycling Without Age initiative

Local independent Councillor Maeve Yore launched a new initiative in Louth this Wednesday which will see cyclists from local clubs paired with seniors in nursing homes and care homes to get a lift in a specially-designed 'trishaws'. 

The Cllr explained the county-wide initiative will see one trishaw for Dundalk, one for Drogheda and one for Ardee initially. 

In a post on Facebook the local Cllr explained: "Sometimes I LOVE my Job and know I have made a positive difference and impact in my County - today at the Louth Age Friendly CountyConference - after working on it for 15mths with Rodd Bond Netwell Casala, Jason Devine DKIT and Clara Clark - we launched 3 trishaws in Louth for Cycling Without Age - Ireland(CWA)

"CWA was brought to Ireland by the inspirational Clara in Blackrock Dublin and I saw it on CWA Irl facebook page in Jan last year. There are now 20 trishaws in 9 Counties across Ireland. CWA trishaws bring nursing home/care centre residents out for spins in the fresh air forging friendships between them and the volunteer pilots.

"I approached Cuchulainn Cycling Club and asked them would their cyclists be willing to become volunteer pilots, without hesitation they contacted members and I received gr8 support and encouragement from them. We received funding to buy the bikes from the Healthy Irl Fund, Louth Age Friendly and my Councillor Allocation Funds. We have approached nursing homes and care facilities across our County who are as excited as we are to get this project 'cycling'!

"Louth WATCH Club have also volunteered to become pilots and over the coming weeks training will be offered. I want to acknowledge and thank Rodd, Jason, Clara, Cuchulainn for believing in me and my idea. If you or your business would like to become involved in any way with CWA Louth get in touch - I genuinely feel this is going to be great for our seniors in Dundalk, Drogheda and Ardee - what do you think?"