Tenants of sheltered housing in Renfrewshire have been enjoying the great outdoors thanks to a new traverse.

Members of the Forever Young community were given the opportunity to travel on a tricycle offered by Sustrans Scotland’s Scottish Greenways programme.

They were able to explore the nearest traffic-free section of the national cycle network.

Sally Logan, who works for Renfrewshire Council and founded the group Forever Young, said: “Before COVID we were able to get residents on the national cycle path, but then the pandemic hit and their mobility was reduced.

“We saw the need to bring them back to the fresh air.

“When we read the article about rickshaws in Glasgow Green we thought it would be a great way to get our tenants back on the street.”

The electric three-decker – nicknamed the Trixie – means renters can relive memories by visiting nostalgic places they couldn’t get to before.

Sustrans Scotland worked with the city council and Paisley-based charity Own Yer Bike to deliver the project.

Wagonka will tackle social isolation and also has a storage box, meaning it can be used to help people with disabilities shop.

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Ross Gibbons, greenway development co-ordinator at Sustrans, said: “The tricycle project has brought community groups and people of different generations together on the Paisley to Johnston section of Route 7 of the National Cycle Network.

“The smiles and laughter at the presentation said it all.

“Trixie will be well used. It was a great honor to work with the community on this project.”

Scotland’s Greenways program promotes walking, cycling and cycling by working with communities to make the national cycle network more attractive and accessible.

Sally added: “We’ve already had amazing feedback from our tenants.

“They told us how much fun they had on the bike and hope to get back on it soon.

“We hope this will attract more renters and community groups to the traffic-free lane, as well as being open to other community groups using the car.”

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