To implement the measure, three points are crucial:
- experts who can talk about road safety and the health aspect of cycling,
- a fleet of bicycles adapted to older people
- a place where you can find older people and where there is enough space to build up a bicycle obstacle course.
Most of all it is important to ensure that the training is designed in a way that fits the requirements of older people. Therefore meetings with relevant stakeholders like the police and people who work with older people like Older People Service Centers were held. These organisations are also partners in the project now.
The training is promoted by a leaflet, distributed at relevant places like fairs and via the programme of Older People Service Centers and press releases.
The project is funded by the Department of Health and Environment of the City of Munich.
The course starts with a short theoretical introduction about cycling and health, techniques and road safety. After that, cycling is trained on a special parcours built up on a yard and supervised by a professional therapist. The training can be taken on one's own bike or with one of the several alternative bikes provided free of charge by the project partners.