A mix of innovative methods was used to understand the relationship between cycling in the built environment and wellbeing. This included:
Undertaking a thorough examination of the current state of knowledge on cycling in older age and also how this impacted independence and wellbeing.
Visiting two European cities that had been successful in encouraging cycling among the older population and documenting how this had been achieved.
Conducting interviews with older people about the role and experience of cycling in their lives to identify when and why cycling had played a part (or not).
Accompanying older people on routine cycle journeys to find out more about their day-to-day experience, documenting this using photography and video, and using GPS and special equipment to record physical and mental response to different environmental conditions.
Conducting an electric bike trial to examine the impacts of this new assistive technology on independent mobility, mental performance and wellbeing in comparison to regular cycling.