Hackney launches cycle taxi service for older people

A unique cycle taxi service that enables older people and those with mobility issues in Hackney to make short trips by bike is to debut this month.

The free service, delivered by cycle training provide CTUK and funded by Hackney Council, will help those who usually require Dial-a-Ride services to access appointments, go shopping or visit friends.

The 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.


Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks
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.
Cllr Feryal Demirci, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks

A roadshow is taking place in Hackney Town Hall Square on Wednesday 5 April at 10am – 1pm to allow residents a chance to trial the side-by-side bikes on a route between the Town Hall and London Fields.

The service starts on 18 April and will run every Tuesday throughout the spring and summer, with two hour slots available between 9 and 11am11.15am and 1.15pm1.45 and 3.45pm and 4 and 6pm.

Bookings can be made online or by calling 020 7232 4384.