Cycling program for seniors to keep older Canberrans active

Released 30/11/2016

The launch of a new cycling program for seniors is a valuable way for older Canberrans to keep active and contributes to a greater sense of social inclusion.

The Cycling Without Age program, which began in Denmark in 2012 and now runs in 27 countries, is being managed by Pedal Power ACT and is the first operational chapter in Australia. While the initiative is also setting up in different parts of Australia, the ACT chapter is the first to have bikes ready for use.

Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris and Minister for Veterans and Seniors Gordon Ramsay were joined at today’s launch by Pedal Power ACT and also His Excellency, Mr Tom Helge Nørring, Ambassador of Denmark for Australia.

“Most of us love to ride bikes, but as you get older getting around safely on two wheels can be challenging,” Minister Fitzharris said.

“Cycling Without Age helps overcome this by providing chauffer-ridden trishaw bike trips to places such as parks or cafés.

“The ACT Government has made significant investments in our cycling infrastructure, and it’s great to see as many people as possible getting out and enjoying our beautiful city.”

Minister Ramsay commended Pedal Power ACT for opening the first operational Cycling Without Age chapter in Australia, saying that the program helps address social isolation for older Canberrans.

“Social isolation can be a major issue for older people and is identified in the ACT Government’s Active Ageing Framework 2015-2018,” Minister Ramsay said.

“Delivering new transport options for older people helps overcome this, which is why initiatives such as Cycling Without Age are important.”

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