Trishaws give Strathearn residents the thrill of the open road

There is nothing like the feeling of wind in the hair and the freedom that comes from a spin on a bike – no matter how senior you are.

There is nothing like the feeling of wind in the hair and the freedom that comes from a spin on a bike – no matter how senior you are.

Trishaw strathearn 580 01HammondCare Strathearn, an aged care residential home at Scone, has taken ownership of two trishaw bikes that mean residents can enjoy bike riding again in safety.

The trishaws, known as Triobike Taxis, can take two passengers sitting forward in comfort while a “pilot” pedals from behind. It offers first-class travel with a comfortable, cushioned seat, seat belts and a retractable hood for rainy days.

It's a taste of traditional Asian transport – think Hanoi or old Beijing - in the Upper Hunter.

Scone Chamber of Commerce President, Stephen Guihot, and local doctor Richard Abbott, have already taken Strathearn residents for a ride after volunteering to pilot the trishaws regularly. Stephen said: “It’s so motivating for the residents to be able to get out for a ride around town. They love it. They are lining up to have a go.”

Trishaw strathearn 580 02The idea to purchase the trishaws came from Stephen’s wife Carey and Richard’s wife Sue who recognised the benefit they could bring through the global organisation Cycling Without Age. The $30,000 purchase cost was met through a donation to the HammondCare Foundation courtesy of the local Paradice Foundation.

Strathearn is now looking for more volunteers to pilot the trishaws to meet resident demand for more trips around town. Stephen said pilots do not need to be super fit to pedal the trishaws as an onboard electric motor provides extra push when required.

“We have a safe circuit around town – including taking them up to the local lookout and coasting downhill,” he said. “Everyone who drives past is so courteous. They wave and say hello.”

Strathearn Residential Care Manager Sarah Pearce said HammondCare was delighted to be able to make available the trishaws trips for residents.

“We appreciate the donation that made this possible and the local volunteers who are willing to give their time to take our residents for a ride,” Sarah said.

Volunteers keen to be involved should contact Janelle on 02 65441352 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Captions: Top: Trishaw pilot Dr Richard Abbott with Strahtearn resident Dudley George; and pilot Stephen Guihot with Strathearn residents Peter Gleeson and Athalie Yarrington. Below: Pilot Stephen Guihot with Strathearn resident Athalie Yarrington.

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