Moving People - On Trishaws

Cycling Without Age Sorrento

Motion by the Ocean Inc supports Western Australia’s founding chapter of Cycling Without Age in Sorrento.

Our daily rides commence from Sorrento SLSC at 10am daily, including twilight rides (wind dependent). Bookings essential.

From summer 2022, community rides with all three trishaws will commence from the Sorrento foreshore.

Locals are encouraged to turn up and have a ride. Follow our Facebook page – Motion By The Ocean to stay informed.

Rides are free for passengers, facilitated by a large committed group of local volunteers.

Would you like to book a ride for your elderly family member or someone who can’t ride for themselves? 

Moving people is where it all began!  Motion by the Ocean Inc. supports Western Australia’s founding free trishaw service, Cycling Without Age Sorrento.

In 2017 we started offering trishaw rides to senior and less mobile members of our community, through the Cycling Without Age movement. Our program has gone from strength to strength.

Our rides leave every morning from Sorrento Life Saving Club, including twilight rides in the summer. We take people on a journey along our beautiful coastline whilst sharing a story or two along the way.

The trishaw rides are all about getting our passengers outside, into the elements. It’s about companionship, kindness and strengthening intergenerational relationships.

As a collective, we have completed more than 37,000 passenger-kilometres. That’s more than Perth to Lisbon, Portugal  – and RETURN!

Now offering trishaw rides from Mullaloo foreshore

To better meet the demand for our services, we now offer rides from Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club every Tuesday and Wednesday. We take in the ocean view from the foreshore as well as riding through the coastal bushland to the south.

We offer our services to aged care facilities, seniors living independently in their own homes and disability services. We also provide rides for events such as the MSWA Coastal Ride, the Duncraig Lions Australia Day event and local community events.

Even though Motion by the Ocean Inc. has grown into a much broader community program, the free trishaw rides remain at the heart of what we do. By encouraging people to ride with us, we can help make certain our passengers feel heard, remaining an important part of the northern coastal community they helped build.

Up to 40 per cent of people in aged care homes never get visitors

This ABC News item resonated with us at Motion By The Ocean, reinforcing why we provide trishaw rides in our community.

Former MP Ken Wyatt, in an address to the National Press Club as Aged Care Minister, said he had heard that up to 40 per cent of people in residential aged care had no visitors 365 days of the year.

“It saddens me immensely,” he said.

Mr Wyatt said he was dismayed that older people were left on their own without family contact.

“Our love should not be conditional on a point in age, or because we drift away from those who once gave of themselves to care for us,” he said.

Mr Wyatt said loneliness was one of the most disturbing trends in aged care and was an issue for those with dementia in particular.

All Australians should question how they would want to be treated.

“We must all ask ourselves: Do I want to be abandoned in my later years? Is this what my elders deserve? Is this how I want to live out my days?” he said.

He called for more love and respect for older people.

“When I talk to people in aged care, I find so many who crave simple touch, a hug, the warmth of palms clasped together, or a soothing hand on their shoulder,” he said.

Ken Wyatt
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