Last week the Danish Ambassador to Australia Tom Nørring took time out of his busy schedule to drop into IRT Kangara Waters in Belconnen and take a couple of the residents out for a spin on one of the Cycling Without Age trishaws.
Cycling Without Age is a movement that started in Denmark in 2012 to help the elderly get back on their bicycles in the face of limited mobility.
The first Cycling Without Age trishaws in Australia were brought to Canberra in November 2016, with the help of a grant from IRT Foundation and in association with IRT, the ACT Government and the Danish Embassy in Australia.
The residents at Kangara Waters have been enjoying feeling the wind in their hair again thanks to volunteers from Pedal Power ACT and the University of Canberra – even when required to rug up on our cold, crisp winter days recently.
Ambassador Nørring is looking forward to reporting back to Copenhagen about the success of the Cycling Without Age program in Canberra, and throughout Australia. New chapters of the initiative are opening regularly around Australia.
As a Pedal Power ACT co-patron, Ambassador Nørring embraces the opportunity to promote cycling in Canberra, demonstrating the Danish way of life and transport to our community.
And please note that while trishaw passengers don’t need helmets, trishaw pilots are required to wear a bike helmet under Australian law. We understand that the Danish Ambassador had his helmet with him for the ride, and removed it for the photograph shown here.