The Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw project is based on the Cycling Without Age scheme that originated in Copenhagen and is now popular in many towns and cities all over the world. In the UK, a scheme in Falkirk proved so successful that it is being rolled out across Scotland.
In Bury St Edmunds, the project involved obtaining funding for a rickshaw, recruiting and training volunteer riders, and then offering free rides around the town to people experiencing limited mobility/and or social isolation. The idea is to give people an opportunity to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and interaction with others – the rider, and passersby.
We are grateful to Bury St Edmunds Town Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council for locality budget grants to buy and insure our Christiania Bikes Model T rickshaw . We started the rides in June 2018.
Bury St Edmunds Rickshaw is a charity, formed in early 2018 by the trustees Libby Ranzetta, Ann Williamson and Sam Reid (pictured), with an additional 20 volunteer riders.
BBC Suffolk made this little film that shows what we are all about. Sam is riding the rickshaw for David, who attends Gatehouse Dementia Hub, and Gatehouse CEO Amanda Bloomfield.