Photo: Healthy Ageing client May Williams takes a spin on the new Surrey Bike

Older residents of Charleville now have a fun way of getting around town after a luxurious new multipassenger
pedal cycle hit town.

Healthy Ageing Charleville Project Officer Deb Alick said the organisation had purchased a Surrey Bike
for use locally.

“The Surrey Bike is a 4-6-seat, pedal-powered, covered vehicle which allows everyone to participate in
pedalling the vehicle along, while one person steers,’’ Ms Alick said.

“It’s like a bicycle, only bigger and better.’’
Ms Alick said Healthy Ageing had several stationary bicycles in place at its Alfred St premises in
Charleville for use by program participants.

“They will be able to use the skills and muscle power developed on the stationary bicycles to take the
Surrey Bike around town for a spin,’’ she said.

“It will help promote physical activity, cooperation, fun and social interaction in our community.

“We already have a waiting list of very excited participants and some very bright helmets, so keep a look
out on the road for us in Charleville!’’

Ms Alick said no driver’s licence was required to pedal the Surrey Bike around, but it was subject to all
road rules, just like any bicycle on the road.

The pedal cycle was funded by the Western Queensland Primary Health Network for Healthy Ageing.

Healthy Ageing is operated by the South West Hospital and Health Service and is designed to support
community members improve their wellbeing and ability to age with vitality within our remote
communities.

“We aim to provide facilities and activities to suit all abilities and interests so our participants keep
mentally, physically and socially active and can look forward to a healthy independent future,’’ Ms Alick
said.

“Our programs are offered in Charleville, Morven, Augathella and Cunnamulla.

“A monthly calendar of activities is available at each location and there are no membership fees.

“Everyone is welcome to drop in and join in any of the activities.”

ENDS

For further information contact:
James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379
Jim.Guthrie@health.qld.gov.au