Since taking on the role of Limavady Mayor, Sean McGlinchey has attended most appointments in his diary in his trusty white van, nicknamed the “Mayor mobile”.
However, just last week, the Sinn Fein councillor decided it was time to try something more environmentally friendly and swapped four wheels for two.
“I thought I would get on the bike and do something different, just to add to the running I do,” the 58-year-old told the ‘Journal’.
Now, thanks to local businessman and friend, Francie McNicholl, the mayor’s youngest daughter, two-and-a-half-year-old Nicole, has joined in and the pair are a regular sight spinning around Dungiven.
“I had a seat on the bike for Nicole but I took it off. Then Francie’s daughter Emma had this mini cab, which works like a rickshaw, and she didn’t use it so he gave it to me. Now me and Nicole go out most evenings on it and she loves it. We stay off the roads, and it’s safe and Nicole is strapped in and she loves getting out and about in the fresh air.”
The mayor said his new wheels attract plenty of interest.
“I’ve always been known as Chinky, that’s just what people called me, and now they’re calling the bike and the cab the ‘chink mobile’,” he said. “People have a good laugh as we cycle around and shout ‘Is the diesel too dear for you now?’, or ‘Are you going green?’, but it doesn’t bother me. Nicole loves it and it’s great for her to get the fresh air in the evenings.”