Trailgater hire scheme launched

Tuesday 31 August 2010, 8:17AM
By Nelson City Council


In a joint project with Nelson City Council, and the District Health Board, Nelson Plunket has just launched a trailgator hire scheme. Trailgators connect a child’s bike to an adult’s bike lifting the child’s front wheel off the ground meaning the steering – and most of the work- is done by the adult.

Jan Fryer, Plunket’s Volunteer Services Leader, says “More and more Nelson families are choosing to bike for their everyday transport. Hiring out trailgators is a natural extension to our car seat hire scheme. It links very well to Plunket looking at environmentally sustainable initiatives and encouraging physical activity for families. With the fantastic cycle ways that Nelson has, it is great to work collaboratively with other agencies to promote safe cycling.”

Marg Parfitt, Nelson City Council’s Active Transport and Road Safety Coordinator, said the scheme has been set up to make cycling more affordable for families. “The trailgator is perfect for kids who have grown too big for bike seats but do not yet have the skills to bike independently,” she says.

To find out more about the scheme contact Plunket on 548 3343 or visit the rental scheme offices at 9 Paru Paru Road between 10am and 12 noon Monday to Friday.