Sarah Barth April 8 2017
Hackney Council has launched a unique cycle taxi service to help older people and those with mobility issues in Hackney make short trips by bike for free.
Ride Side by Side, which launches his month and is run by Cycle Training UK, with funding from Hackney Council, TfL and the Department for Transport, will help east London residents who use Dial-a-Ride services to attend appointments, go shopping or visit friends.
The four wheeled taxi bikes are custom-made and allow the trainer and passenger to sit side-by-side. Passengers can choose whether they want to join in and pedal, or sit back and enjoy the ride.
George Capon, 78, of Chatham Place, Hackney, who trialled a shopping run at Tesco on Mare Street, said: “I think it’s an excellent idea. I hope it’ll catch on for lots of older people. It’ll give people that little bit of exercise and would be lovely to do in the summer months.”
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks said: “We are pleased to launch the Ride Side by Side cycle taxi service in Hackney this Spring.
“It will give the chance for those in the borough with mobility issues to get a free lift – whether that’s to the hospital, to meet with friends or visit the local area. It’s also a great way to experience cycling, whatever your age and to get out and get some exercise.”
The service starts on 18 April and will run every Tuesday throughout the spring and summer.
Bookings can be made online here or by calling 020 7232 4384.