Who are we?
We are a team of licensed chauffeurs based in Southern England and supported by a marketing expert and social media specialist. Over the last fifteen years or so, we have taken many locals and visitors of all ages and abilities on car tours around our area. We are now looking forward to introducing the 'Cycling Without Age' concept for the benefit of those members of the local community who have become less mobile because of their age. We are hoping this will give them another opportunity to get involved once again, by experiencing a comfortable, relaxed and healthy way to enjoy nature at it's best.
What is Cycling Without Age?
Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow, which set out to tackle the social isolation endured by elderly people as a consequence of their limited mobility. Cycling Without Age enables volunteers to use a bespoke bike called a Trishaw to take elderly people out on bike rides around their community. Since Fraser Johnston was featured in BBC Three’s ‘Amazing Humans’ television programme the concept has spread rapidly throughout the UK with many new Chapters of CWA opening to support their local communities.
How is it going to work?
We are what is called a ‘registered affiliate’ of Cycling Without Age which means we have been granted the privilege of starting a ‘Chapter’ of CWA in our local area. We are building relationships with care homes and managing a scheme of local volunteers to take elderly people on bike rides out of their homes and back into their communities. By introducing this scheme into our area, we will:
• Build stronger communities
• Tackle issues of social isolation amongst the elderly
• Create more engaged and active citizens
As licensed chauffeurs we have the ability to transport riders and 'Trishaws' to various parts of our area, to give them unique opportunities to experience the Flora and Fauna in our local National Park. We plan to take the riders and bikes to parts of the New Forest where dedicated Off Road Cycle Trails cross open spaces and go through forest enclosures to view some stunning scenery. Each bike will have cameras fitted so that videos and photos can be captured during the trip and given to the riders as a permanent momento of their adventure.
After their ride, they will rendezvous with the car and trailer for a pleasant Mini-Tour home. On some occasions we may arrange a visit to a local Ice Cream Parlour, Tea Room or Picnic spot. In the event that someone had a specific place they wanted to visit we could probably arrange it for them. As Country Chauffeurs we are accustomed to showing people from all around the world, the interesting parts of the New Forest, with it's history dating back to William The Conqueror in 1079 and telling them about the people, the stories, the myths and the legends that have made it what it is today.