Sorrento resident wants to bring Cycling without Age to Perth


Alanagh Godderidge wants to set up a cycling network with specially designed bikes which can provide free bike rides to the elderly and lesser abled people.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie d473356
Alanagh Godderidge wants to set up a cycling network with specially designed bikes which can provide free bike rides to the elderly and lesser abled people. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d473356

ALANAGH Godderidge wants to bring global movement Cycling without Age to West Coast Drive coastal paths.

Cycling without Age, a non-profit organisation, aims to provide mobility for seniors through a booking system where volunteers sign up to take older residents who have lost mobility on bike rides.

The system uses a trishaw, which is similar to a bike but has a small seat on the front and three wheels.

The movement started in 2012 and has gained popularity in many European countries and was even launched in Canberra last year.

Miss Godderidge wants aged care homes, councils and the State Government to jump on board with the idea.

“Since I saw it online I have wanted to do it here,” she said.

“The idea is for elderly people to get out and feel the wind in their hair.

“The major aged care homes have said they are interested, so we just need to get at least one on the road; at the moment I’ve got more interest in the project than I have trikes.

“Over 55s cycling groups have already shown their interest in volunteering for the project.”

While she has set up an online fundraising page for the project, Miss Godderidge said the ideal format would be for aged care companies to purchase their own trishaws and engage volunteer riders.

“The idea is about the journey; it is completely free,” she said.

“There is so much talk about mental health, especially for young people, but I don’t think there is as much of a voice for that older generation.

“I always cycle up and down this coast; I call it free therapy.

“Imagine having them out here feeling the wind in their hair; that’s what life is about.”

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