Cycling Without Age - Nottingham City & Rushcliffe

by Tim Harrison in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

We did it
On 28th March 2018 we successfully raised £255 with 6 supporters in 56 days

To buy our first Trishaw - to take local elders and care home residents out on ‘Trishaw’ cycle rides ...... to feel the wind in their hair!

by Tim Harrison in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

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5th place in the Cycling Without Age

Who are we?

I came across Cycling Without Age (CWA) when I was looking for a bike to take my elderly mother (93) on bike rides. She cycled a lot as a young adult, that was how she and my Dad courted, so I thought it would be great to take her cycling again. But how do you take a 93 year-old cycling?

CWA seemed like the perfect solution, and an opportunity to re-engage more elders with their cycling past. We have a simple but powerful purpose, shared with all CWA Chapters around the world:-

  • to give older citizens the right to wind in their hair;
  • to help older citizens experience our city and nature, close-up, from the cycle path;
  • to give our older citizens the desire and opportunity to tell their life stories in the surroundings where they have lived their lives;
  • to build bridges between generations and strengthen the trust, respect and social glue in our society.

See us at https://www.facebook.com/CWANottinghamRushcliffe/

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I was accepted by CWA as their organiser for Nottingham City & Rushcliffe in October 2017.  We're now ready to get this going for 2018....one Trishaw at a time.

We are a non-profit volunteer group in Nottingham City & Rushcliffe, UK....PLUS, we enjoy the support that comes from being a local chapter of the global initiative 'Cycling Without Age', founded in Copenhagen in 2012.  Did you know that Denmark is the happiest country in the world!!

What will we do?

Our volunteer cycle-pilots will take local elders and care homes residents out on ‘Trishaw’ cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair! We aim to bring generations closer together using very special Trishaws (three-wheel cycles with a passenger cab out front). 

Each trishaw costs around £6000 each. This includes the blanket and rain hood. Each has a motor so that the "Pilot" does not have to be super fit! In fact it is preferred that the bikes are ridden slowly to enable maximum interaction with the rider and the pilot as well as the general public along the route.

How is this going to work?

We have set ourselves an inital target of two trishaws for our chapter. By donating to the project or pledging a reward you can help us get this worthwhile and exciting project up and running in Nottingham & Rushcliffe. If you would like to volunteer to become one of our trishaw pilots, you can contact me at the top of the page (see button). 

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Why are we doing this?

Our principles are generosity, slow cycling, storytelling, relationships and community. Our rides will be comfortable, fun, fully insured and free. They will enable people to experience our City, Trent-side, and country paths close-up from the bicycle. It's an opportunity to regain social connection and for people to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives. 

The aim is to tackle loneliness, isolation,  build bridges between generations and reinforce trust, respect ......and have some fun on a bike. I'm looking forward to seeing our cycle pilots and passengers enjoy the physical and emotional benefits of the simple pleasure of cycling and feeling the wind on their faces.

....and some Cycling Without Age facts...stimulating spirits to fly and stories to flow.....

  • Established in 2012 in Copenhagen
  • Represented in 37 countries worldwide
  • 450 + chapters
  • 1,500 + trishaws
  • 10,000 + trained cycle pilots
  • Over 50,000 elderly people have been on rides
  • Oldest pilot is 89 and oldest passenger 106
  • Our trishaws cycle 2.2 million km a year or 53 times around the world

How you can help...

Please Consider donating to our project.  We can then engage with other groups and individuals working to improve the lives of local people in Nottingham & Rushcliffe. You will be helping so many elderly and isolated people get out and about. Together we can contribute to building new relationships within our community and make a small difference to people's lives.

Alongside raising the funding for our trishaws we also seek volunteer pilots, helpers and businesses who can help spread awareness of our exciting project. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£15 or more

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Single Hotpod Class with Hotpod Yoga Notts

‘Suitable for ladies, gentlemen, beginners, seasoned professionals, anyone over 16! Enjoy the active and passive flow of postures in our other-worldly 20 person inflatable Pod – heated to 37 degrees to supercharge the yoga experience. You'll be calmer, looser, and a whole lot sweatier. Just bring water and a towel. Advance booking only at https://hotpodyoga.com/uk/yoga-classes/west-bridgford & at /nottingham-city

£15 or more

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Notts Rugby vs Bedford Blues, 18th March, 15:00

3 x Standing Block Tickets for this fixture, normally costing £13 each for an adult

£20 or more

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2 x Guest Entry to a Bodega Gig/Club Night.

The Bodega (http://www.bodeganottingham.com/) at 23 Pelham St, Nottingham NG1 2ED, is universally regarded as one of the best places to hang out, party and listen to live music in Nottingham - the Bodega is a must visit venue that has been at the very forefront of the midlands music scene over the past two decades.

£20 or more

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ROKO Health Club - 3 day pass.

Roko Health Club Nottingham, West Bridgford, is a family friendly, premium health club and gym with an endless list of cutting edge facilities that will take your breath away. Enjoy our refurbished gym, fitness zones, 20m indoor and outdoor pools, separate children's pool, and adult only spa area. Whatever your health, fitness and lifestyle goals we can help you achieve them. https://www.roko.co.uk/nottingham

£20 or more

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Jack Smith 60 Minute Personal Training Session

This session is designed to help you exceed your own expectations. No matter what your goals, these sessions will make you realise your true potential, leaving you feeling revitalised and positive about what you have achieved. These Personal Training Sessions normally cost £35.

£25 or more

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Notts County vs Yeovil - 2 x Match Tickets

Two Match Tickets for the upcoming game on Saturday 21st April against Yeovil Town. The Pies are flying high, and this could be a key game in the final promotion push. #comeonyoupies #wehadawheelbarrow

£25 or more

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Jack Smith Bootcamp Sessions

Bootcamp sessions running to 29th March, consisting of two sessions per week, at 60 minutes per session. Jack Smith is a Personal Trainer based at Roko Health Club. These Bootcamps are fun but very effective....designed to maximize fat loss, enhance muscle mass, and increase your overall physical fitness. They will leave you feeling better...both physically and mentally. Normally cost £120.

£35 or more

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Original Artwork by Tricia Blatherwick

Tricia is an emerging local artist, selling her artwork online and through galleries, plus through private commissions. Tricia's large paintings sell for over £500, and she has kindly donated 3 x specially designed smaller signed pieces to help us buy our first Trishaw. Her work is unique and collectable, and these would make a great gift. See her website at www.facebook.com/artbyTBC. @ArtbyTBC1

£60 or more

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Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Family Ticket

Family ticket for up to four people (any age) to any Panther’s home game except Sheffield. Experience one of the world’s fastest team sports and watch the GMB Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey Team at the Motorpoint Arena Nottingham! [See us at http://www.panthers.co.uk/].

£250 or more

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Company Marketing/Trishaw Experience - 1 Year

Your company logo or your name on the Trishaw for 1 year. This includes one priority Trishaw ride along the river Trent for your nominated elder, PLUS a souvenir photograph which can be used for marketing, website and on social media (PLUS on CWA's Facebook, Twitter & other marketing collateral), for one year.

£500 or more

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Company Marketing/Pilots Experience - 2 Years

Your company logo or your name on the Trishaw for 2 years. This includes one priority Trishaw ride along the river Trent for your nominated elder, PLUS a souvenir photograph which can be used for marketing, website and on social media (PLUS on CWA's Facebook, Twitter & other marketing collateral), for two years.


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