The pioneering work of a Scottish charity dedicated to providing opportunities for accessible cycling has been welcomed at Parliament by MSPs representing East Lothian.
South Scotland MSP, Martin Whitfield, and Lothian MSP, Foysol Choudhury, met with representatives of Cycling Without Age Scotland to find out more about its inclusive work enhancing and enriching lives by giving elderly and disabled people access to the beautiful outdoors through its innovative trishaw rides.
Launched in 2017, following the beginning of the Cycling Without Age movement in Denmark in 2012, the charity operates local groups, known as “Chapters”, across many areas of Scotland, including Musselburgh, North Berwick and Dunbar, and has nearly 2,500 local volunteers.
Its ambition is to be a major presence in every part of Scotland, providing a technical and mechanical service to its Chapters, as well as advice and support with fundraising, marketing, publicity, governance, insurance and banking facilities.
Martin Whitfield MSP said:
“It was brilliant to meet with representatives from Cycling Without Age Scotland and hear more about the remarkable progress the charity and its local chapters have made over the last few years.
“They have engaged so many new volunteers and provided wonderful opportunities for people to enjoy cycling and accessing the outdoors in a way which simply wouldn’t be possible otherwise.
“I commend CWA Scotland on this pioneering work and look forward to hearing more about the local activity its chapters are carrying out in East Lothian and across South Scotland.”
To use the charity’s service or to volunteer in your area, please contact 01324 467 272 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find out more about CWA Scotland and its local chapters at https://cyclingwithoutage.scot.