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Trishaws Transforming Lives: Cycling Without Age Brings Mobility to Falkirk

In 2023, Cycling Without Age Scotland requested grant monies from the Falkirk Community Schools Fund to support the purchase and installation of a ‘Trishaws in Iconic Places’ base at the Helix Park in Falkirk.


Cycling Without Age (CWA) is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation officially registered in February 2018. It operates under the broader umbrella of Cycling Without Age International, founded in Denmark in 2012. The Scottish branch was initiated by the Falkirk-based community group CATCA (Communities Along The Carron Association). The aim was to offer older people and those with mobility issues the opportunity to spend time outdoors through cycling activities using Trishaws—a light three-wheeled vehicle that allows people with additional needs to go on bike rides with the help of a volunteer pilot.


In 2023, CWA Scotland requested grant monies from the Falkirk Community SchoolsFund to support the purchase and installation of a ‘Trishaws in Iconic Places’ base at the Helix Park in Falkirk. 

The funding was used to construct a bespoke chalet-style wooden structure to serve as a visible booking office. 

This new facility aimed to promote and facilitate Trishaw rides around the park and to pre-book rides. 

The office also provided a base for two Trishaws and contributed towards the salary of a part-time staff member responsible for coordinating volunteer pilots and welcoming passengers.


The project, which commenced construction in August 2023 and launched in April 2024, has been a resounding success. The installation process, including groundwork and electrical supply, was smooth, and the cabin, painted to match the charity's branding, stands out and enhances the park's aesthetics. The launch event was attended by notable figures, including the local Provost and the creator of the Kelpies, Andy Scott, who even sketched a drawing of the Kelpies on an inside wall of the Helix Hub.

Since the launch, CWA has recruited a part-time officer, who coordinates rides three days a week with volunteer pilots. The project has significantly increased the visibility of CWA, enabling more residents with additional needs to engage in outdoor activities. The Helix Hub serves as a model for future expansions, with plans to establish similar bases in iconic locations like the Transport Museum in Glasgow.

CWA's project at the Helix Park has provided a fun, sustainable way for people with limited mobility to access and enjoy the park, making a significant impact on the community. The success of this initiative highlights the need for continued support and expansion to meet the growing demand for such services across Scotland.