The first official ride with the new side-by-side tandem (Photo: Stichting It Klokhús)
Cycling with the Fun2Go side-by-side tandem
Care farm It Klokhús has existed for almost two years now. This care farm offers day care for young people with dementia and elderly people with mental and/or physical problems. Owner Jantina Reijenga was asked by local caregivers last year if the care farm could not buy a side-by-side tandem, so that the caregivers could also cycle with their partner or family member. Jantina thought this was a great idea and started working on it. In one year there have been several campaigns. For example, decorations were sold during an open day and the local campsite sold their home-grown vegetables. After several campaigns and donations the electric Van Raam Fun2Go duo bike could be purchased.
Through the self founded foundation It Klokhús everyone in the neighborhood can use the side-by-side tandem. Jantina tells the Sneeker Nieuwsblad: "We believe that everyone who is part of the target group is allowed to use the bicycle, so that we can all continue to enjoy this beautiful area. The bicycle can therefore be rented for a small contribution, with the proceeds being used for maintenance and repairs". The target group includes people with disabilities in movement, hearing, vision, balance and cognition (e.g. dementia). With Stichting It Klokhús people can rent the side-by-side tandem, but people with disabilities can also cycle together with a volunteer. Volunteers can sign up with the foundation as a 'cycling buddy', so that they can commit themselves as a companion. Read more about this on the website of Stichting It Klokhús.