Cycling Without Age allows the elderly to reconnect and tell their stories while experiencing a Trishaw cycle ride
Pensioners in Brighton & Hove are now being treated to free Trishaw rides.
The global scheme, run by Cycling Without Age, is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers.
The aim of the group is to enable the elderly to experience the city and nature close-up from a bicycle. There's opportunity to regain social connection and for them to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives. The group now has 125 volunteers and is now inviting 'customers' to get in touch.
CWA says their work builds bridges between generations and reinforces trust, respect and the social glue of our society. Cycle pilots and passengers alike enjoy the physical and emotional wellbeing benefits. All funds for cycles and running costs are raised by the group.
The special Trishaws (three-wheel cycles with a passenger cab out front) have electrical power assist, so volunteers are not required to be super sporty. The principles of the group are generosity, slow cycling, storytelling, relationships and community. Rides are comfortable, fun, fully insured and free. They enable people to experience the city and nature close-up from the bicycle.
More about Cycling Without Age:
Established in Copenhagen, Denmark 2012
Trishaws in 26 countries (1500+ bikes out there)
10 000 Trained cycle pilots
50 000+ elders have been on rides
Oldest cycle pilot is 89, oldest passenger 106
You can find out more at www.cyclingwithoutage.co.uk