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The London borough of Hackney is to launch a free cycle-taxi service for older people and those with mobility issues. The "Ride Side by Side" service is run by Cycle Training UK with funding from Hackney Council, TfL and the Department for Transport.

The taxi bikes allow the pilot 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.

George Capon trialled a shopping run this week. The 78-year-old said: “I think it’s an excellent idea. I hope it’ll catch on for lots of older people. It’ll give people that little bit of exercise."

Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Transport and Parks Cllr Feryal Demirci said: “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.”

The service starts on 18th April and will run every Tuesday until the end of summer.

Capon, on the right, is seen pictured with David Dansky of Cycle Training UK.

David Dansky of @cycletraininguk explains how our free side by side bike taxi helps older people to enjoy cycling https://t.co/nNYKPqX8l7pic.twitter.com/PCmFaa2Aq7

— Hackney Council (@hackneycouncil) 7 April 2017

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