Parkes Ageless Cycling Chapter Now Offers Pedicab Rides Every Two Weeks | Parkes Champion Post

Cycling Without Age Parkes takes Pat and Ray Wilson for a pedicab ride last weekend. You can take a tour from Lions Park on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Pictured: KRISTY WILLIAMS.” title=”ALL SMILES: Peter Guppy of Cycling Without Age Parkes takes Pat and Ray Wilson for a pedicab ride last weekend. You can take a tour from Lions Park on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Pictured: KRISTY WILLIAMS.” width=”4144″ height=”3850″ itemprop=”image”/>

ALL SMILES: Peter Guppy of Cycling Without Age Parkes takes Pat and Ray Wilson for a pedicab ride last weekend. You can take a tour from Lions Park on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. Pictured: KRISTY WILLIAMS.

If you’ve been out for a bike ride lately, chances are you didn’t really think about feeling the wind in your hair or paying attention to the many birds flying around to share their beautiful lullabies with the county.

Unfortunately for many, especially people with disabilities and nursing home residents, feeling the wind in their hair is a luxury – a fact that has become even more relevant during the COVID pandemic.

Cycling Without Age Parkes is doing its best to buck this trend, with rickshaw rides now taking place every Wednesday and Saturday morning from 9.30am. A trishaw is a lightweight three-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicle – a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers.

Chairman Peter O’Donnell said it had been a long journey – but everyone involved is delighted to be able to offer the regular routes.

“A lot has happened behind the scenes to get to this point, and so many people like Guppy (who did a tremendous amount of work for the project) have done so much more than me, but it’s just great to see people appreciate that,” he said earlier this week.

“We had to dot the I’s and cross the T’s, and there was a discussion at the beginning about whether the passengers should wear helmets, but there are seat belts and we really wanted them to feel the wind in their hair.”

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Peter gave a somewhat heartbreaking example of why those pedicab rides mean so much; during the pandemic, some people looked at the same four walls

“One of the interesting things that Peter (Guppy) told me was that a resident of Niola told him after a drive that it was the first time in two years that she had seen a magpie”, did he declare.

“What he’s saying is they’ve barely been able to be outside, let alone get out of their rooms – and that’s a conundrum, because naturally people don’t want to be isolated… but we had to keep them in good health.

“So a pedicab ride is all about getting people outside, hearing the birds sing, and having them feel the wind in their hair.

“We just want to keep people happy and safe – both mentally and physically,” Peter said.

Be sure to head to Lions Park in Parkes from 9.30am on Wednesday and Saturday mornings if you want a ride – they are a real treat!

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