Fietsmaatjes: volunteer and a guest cycling on a duo bike
For a year now, Fietsmaatjes volunteer Theo and guest Meinte have been making bike rides together on a duo bike through the hills of Montferland (in the Netherlands) every two or three weeks. Meinte says in an interview with the Postcode Loterij: "If you have a Fietsmaatje, you are still getting somewhere. It's very important for people to be able to get out too, and I think that's really important about Fietsmaatjes."
Fietsmaatjes is aimed at anyone who likes to get outside, stay active and enjoys social contact, but cannot cycle independently due to a disability. Together, the guest and volunteer take bike rides on the duo bike. Meinte can no longer cycle by himself, but would like to be able to keep active.
Meinte and Theo are a good match, they have even developed a friendship and look forward to the bicycle trips. Meinte says: "It means a lot. Cosiness, getting out of the house for a while, a bit of silly banter now and then, a bit of adventure by bike. Wonderful."