Fun way seniors can develop pedal power
OLDER residents of Charleville now have a fun way of getting around town, with the arrival of a six-person quadracycle at Healthy Ageing Charleville.
Healthy Ageing project officer Deb Alick said the organisation had purchased a Surrey Bike, as they are colloquially known, for use locally.
“The Surrey Bike is a four-to-six-seat, pedalpowered, covered vehicle which allows everyone to participate in pedalling the vehicle along while one person steers,” Ms Alick said.
“It’s like a bicycle, only bigger and better.”
Locals might recognise the red vehicle from its maiden voyage during Charleville’s 150th birthday celebrations, where it appeared in the street parade.
Since the parade, it has mostly been used for short trips around the block as the riders work on their physical endurance.
“It takes a bit more effort than you’d think to pedal the bike – there’s a lot more leg muscle involved,” Ms Alick said.
“For our clients, it improves their physical activity and endurance in the same way our stationary bikes do, but in a way that is more fun.”
RED-DY TO ROLL: May Williams taking a spin on Charleville Healthy Ageing Project's new Surrey Bike.