TriVelo is a bicycle taxi service for less mobile seniors in Ghent. The drivers are a mix of newcomers and less newcomers. They are linked to each other via a buddy system and they pick up the elderly with a rickshaw. TriVelo will be tested as a pilot project for three months, to be evaluated afterwards and, if positive, to continue.
Trivelo's bicycle taxis have been driving around in the Sluizeken-Tolhuis-Ham district since April, this summer they will be doing so throughout the city center and a large part outside it. The trio bikes are for people who have difficulty walking and are driven by volunteers, including many newcomers.
“With the bicycle taxis we offer people who are less mobile a pleasant and sustainable way to get around. By bike you have more contact with the people around and more feeling with the city.”
Three Trivelo bicycle taxis have been driving around in the Sluizeken-Tolhuis-Ham district since April. They transport seniors and less mobile residents of Ghent to a destination of their choice, such as the store or the doctor. Because the project is a success, the City of Ghent and Trivelo joined forces for an expansion.
Until the end of September, the bicycle taxis also drive out in the center and a large part outside it. In total there are three trio bikes and a tandem. They have their base in the city center and pick up people within a 4 kilometer radius. Depending on availability, they will also be in the car-free area, where they will offer their services without reservation.