Arvida rolls out 'trishaw' bicycles for residents throughout the country video

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Cycling Without Age are literally rolling out 'trishaw' bicycles in several locations across New Zealand, beginning with two in Christchurch on Monday.

Molly Craig loves being whisked around Hagley Park on her retirement village's trishaw bicycle.

The 83-year-old has taken several trips since Park Lane, the retirement village at which she is a resident, got the first bicycle of its kind in New Zealand in November.

"I had a wonderful time with a chap who'd never been out in them [on Monday] . . . The man was elderly and he loved it. I've never seen him laugh so much," Craig said. "To get out like that, I don't think people realise just how lovely it is, and we've been very spoilt I think."

Molly Craig and Bessie Bromell take a ride around Park Lane, pedalled by Dorthe Pedersen, founder of Cycling Without Age.
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Molly Craig and Bessie Bromell take a ride around Park Lane, pedalled by Dorthe Pedersen, founder of Cycling Without Age.

Arvida has the rickshaw-style bicycles in eight villages across the country.

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Ole Kassow and Dorthe Pedersen started Cycling Without Age in 2012 to get elderly people more mobile.

Faith and Hunter McGahee pedalled by Aleshia Rayner, Park Lane manager, and Molly Craig and Bessie Bromell on the rear ...
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Faith and Hunter McGahee pedalled by Aleshia Rayner, Park Lane manager, and Molly Craig and Bessie Bromell on the rear bike, pedalled by Dorthe Pedersen.

The pair introduced the initiative to 26 countries before New Zealand. 

Bicycles were rolled out on Monday at Park Lane, the place where it started last year.

Another trishaw for Ilam's Arvida village would be followed by trips to Nelson, Blenheim, Kapiti, Palmerston North, Rotorua and Auckland throughout the week.

Park Lane residents took trips in 'trishaw' bicycles on Monday as part of Arvida's plan to roll them out across the country.
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Park Lane residents took trips in 'trishaw' bicycles on Monday as part of Arvida's plan to roll them out across the country.

Pedersen said the idea behind Cycling Without Age was "to remind people how to build a relationship with their elders".

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"Give time to your elders, remembering the care and time they gave you . . . they have a lot of tell us, but they all want to listen too.

"If we take the time, the act of cycling slowly helps to take in the experience and appreciate it . . . each generation can embrace what each has to offer through something as simple as cycling."

She said the bicycles gave elderly a break from any challenge, sickness or ailment in their life.

"We're redesigning the perception of what age is about, there are no boundaries."

 - Stuff

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