Fun way se­niors can de­velop pedal power

Chinchilla News - - BEST OF THE WEST - Jorja McDon­nell jorja.mcdon­nell@west­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHOTO: HEALTHY AGE­ING PROJECT

RED-DY TO ROLL: May Wil­liams tak­ing a spin on Charleville Healthy Age­ing Project's new Sur­rey Bike.

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