New ac­ces­si­ble bi­cy­cle has ar­rived in Sackville

Sev­eral vol­un­teers al­ready signed up to pi­lot bike

Sackville Tribune - - COMMUNITY - STAFF RE­PORTER

Sackville’s new ac­ces­si­ble bi­cy­cle has ar­rived and now se­niors and in­di­vid­u­als with lim­ited mo­bil­ity have the op­por­tu­nity to go out for a bike ride and en­joy the out­doors.

The new bi­cy­cle fea­tures a tr­ishaw de­sign that al­lows one or two peo­ple to sit on a seat at the front while a vol­un­teer “pi­lot” takes them for a ride.

Matt Pryde, Sackville’s man­ager of recre­ation pro­grams and spe­cial events, said the town has part­nered with the Drew Nurs­ing Home on this ini­tia­tive, and the bi­cy­cle is avail­able for any­one with a phys­i­cal or cog­ni­tive lim­i­ta­tion that can’t op­er­ate a bike on their own.

“We’re very ex­cited to be able to pro­vide this op­por­tu­nity in town. It fits in very nicely with the ‘mayor’s age-friendly com­mu­ni­ties’ ini­tia­tives and we hope that res­i­dents of Sackville take ad­van­tage of this free and unique pro­gram.”

Matt Pryde

“We’re very ex­cited to be able to pro­vide this op­por­tu­nity in town,” said Pryde. “It fits in very nicely with the ‘mayor’s age­friendly com­mu­ni­ties’ ini­tia­tives and we hope that res­i­dents of Sackville take ad­van­tage of this free and unique pro­gram.”

A num­ber of vol­un­teers have al­ready signed up to pi­lot the bike, said Pryde, and took part in a train­ing ses­sion last week to learn how to prop­erly ride the tr­ishaw.

Heav­ier than a reg­u­lar bike, and also fea­tur­ing three wheels in­stead of two and a seat at the front to carry pas­sen­gers, there is an ad­just­ment with turn­ing and stop­ping.

The bike is also equipped with a small elec­tric mo­tor, mak­ing it eas­ier to ride up hills when tak­ing pas­sen­gers out.

Pryde said more vol­un­teers are still needed and any­one who wants to drive the bi­cy­cle must be trained. Con­tact Pryde at m.pryde@sackville.com for the next train­ing times.

Pur­chased from a com­pany based in the Nether­lands, the ac­ces­si­ble bi­cy­cle came with a price tag of about $9,000 and was funded in part­ner­ship with the town, the Drew, the Sackville Ro­tary Club, the Sackville Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal Foun­da­tion and the prov­ince of New Brunswick.

The bike is avail­able seven days a week dur­ing day­time hours and can be booked through the town at m.pryde@sackville.com. Vol­un­teer pi­lots will then be con­tacted to ask their avail­abil­ity be­fore con­firm­ing the book­ing.

Pryde said it’s im­por­tant for mo­torists to also be aware that the tr­ishaw will be out on the roads soon and are re­minded to give a min­i­mum one-me­tre space to the bi­cy­cle when pass­ing it on the street, “and make sure you wave a friendly hello to whomever is out en­joy­ing the ride.”

KATIE TOWER – SACKVILLE TRI­BUNE-POST

Sackville man­ager of recre­ation pro­grams and spe­cial events Matt Pryde, left, gives in­struc­tions as vol­un­teers try out the com­mu­nity’s new ac­ces­si­ble bi­cy­cle.

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