Fietsmaatjes concept (guest + volunteer)
„Fietsmaatjes” is meant for everyone who likes to go outside, wants to keep moving and loves social contact, but due to a disability can no longer cycle independently. For example, for people with a disability in movement, vision, hearing or cognition. People who suffer from loneliness are also allowed to register as guests. After an intake interview, each guest is linked to a volunteer. Together, the guest and volunteer make cycling trips on the duo-cycle with pedal assistance, where the volunteer steers and pedals and the guest can pedal along.
The goal is to offer people who still want to cycle but are no longer able to do so on their own, cycling tours of about 1-3 hours. With these regular cycling tours, the (possible) isolation of the guests is broken, the guests in a cozy way literally in motion and create unique contacts between guests and volunteers.
At the moment, the Fietsmaatjes project has grown to 16 local Fietsmaatjes organisations. In 2018 there have been 9,106 bike rides on one of the 47 duo bikes they have at their disposal.