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Rickshaw scheme to get those with mobility issues out and about

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A new scheme has launched in Wales to help elderly people and those with mobility problems get around on specially designed rickshaws.

Cycling Without Age has teamed up with Bridges Centre in Monmouth to launch the project – the first of its kind in Wales.

Volunteers, or ‘pilots’ will drive passengers around in trishaw, a type of hatchback tricycle, and the aim is to tackle loneliness in the area.

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Team leader Marianne Piper told South Wales Argus: “The idea is to get people out. It’s not about getting somewhere but the journey. To get out and feel the wind in their hair again, start building new relationships and getting fresh air, little things like this that people can’t always do.

“If you’re not getting out because you have mobility issues and no one can come in because of COVID then knowing you’re going for a ride with a nice person is so important and it keeps spirits up.”

The Bridges Centre already has one trishaw with two more on their way with plans to launch services in Abergavenny and Caldicot while fundraising has begun in other areas such as Cardiff.

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