73-year-old Jane is one of the million pensioners who live alone in the capital.
But now she’s got a great excuse to get out of the house.
The Ride Side by Side scheme involves this specially adapted part-electric, part-pedal bike
a driver and an hour and a half for anyone over 60 in North Kensington to get their shopping or just go for a ride and have a chat.
It gives me a great high because it gives me exercise, a bit of fresh air and it cheers me up.
What is it that you like about it?
I’m doing something rather than sitting on my sofa contemplating life.
In fact, 30% of over 65s in London live alone with studies showing loneliness leads to higher rates of ill health and disability
but with the option to pedal there’s another major benefit.
People are getting exercise so they’re less reliant on the NHS, less reliant on carers and care services ’cos they get an opportunity to go out and chat to someone.
It’s one more time around the block - booked in again for next week.