We are a non profit, small group of volunteers raising funds for a brand new Chester chapter of the global initiative Cycling Without Age. Founded in Copenhagen in 2012, CWA brings generations closer together by sharing experiences by bike and allowing the elderly living independently or in residential homes to experience friendship, fresh air and freedom in uniquely designed trishaws operated by volunteer pilots.
Cycling Without Age is growing fast worldwide and we would like to bring this inspiring initiative to Chester.
Who We Are?
We are two mums recognising the detachment that we often have from the elderly community. We have followed this fantastic movement for several months and became an affiliate member recently. Chester has an enormous cycling community as well as the brilliant Cheshire Cycleway and our hope is to be able to join together these assets and initially raise enough money for two trishaws to help the elderly in our local community.
We are a small team who are now talking to local residential homes and day centres about how we can start taking the elderly out for rides. Liaising with local cycling groups and charities we hope to expand the team to get this initiative up and running in 2021!
What we are trying to do.
In time we plan that our volunteer pilots will take the local elderly and care home residents out on ‘trishaw’ cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair. The specially adapted trishaws (three-wheel cycles with a passenger cab out front) have electrical power assist, so any age can volunteer to be a cycle pilot!
We'll also be training up and managing local volunteer pilots allowing us to broaden the amount of rides we can offer and to a wider area of the community.
Obviously safety is paramount so rides will be along approved routes initially on the Cheshire Cycleway. These routes can be adapted according to the passenger's preference, the distance travelled doesn't matter, what is important is the journey and the enjoyment that it will provide for everyone involved. The trishaw doesn't have to go out alone, we'll encourage friends and family to cycle alongside.
Why we feel this is important.
To enable the community to experience friendships and nature close-up from the trishaw.
To regain social connection and reduce isolation.
To builds bridges between generations and reinforce trust and respect.
To have fun!
Each trishaw comes from Copenhagen and costs around £6500 with optional additions such as the hood and cover. They are specially designed with a motor so that riding them is assisted. Riding them slowly encourages interaction with the passengers as well as other cyclists, pedestrians and dog walkers etc.
How you can help.
Spread the word!
Please consider donating to our project and if you are unable to donate please share this with family and friends.
Alongside raising the funding for our trishaws we are also looking for volunteer pilots, helpers, residential homes and businesses who can help expand our Chapter.
Together we can make a difference and help integrate some of our elderly back into the community to share their stories and feel the wind in their hair.