Cycling Without Age (CWA) is an international volunteer, not-for-profit organisation that connects elderly people with the community and outdoors. Its mission is to build bridges between generations by providing the elderly an opportunity to remain active in their community by taking them out on specially built trishaw bikes, piloted by volunteers.
Started in 2012, Ole Kassow from Copenhagen saw an elderly gentleman outside of a local nursing home and decided to start taking him and others out on hired trishaws so they could experience the benefit of being on a bike again. Together with Dorthe Pederson, they started Cycling Without Age in Denmark, which now has grown into an international organization in 37 countries with 1500 trishaws worldwide.
A lack of mobility is no longer an obstacle to getting on a bike. Everyone can enjoy the outdoors and “the right to wind in their hair.” By experiencing the benefit of being on a bicycle, the elderly feel valued. The program encourages people aging in a positive context, using cycling as a means to promote interaction with local community members and their environment.
Australian chapters are operating in ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS, and now WA. CWA-WA Inc was established in November 2017. Its vision is to support and promote the program throughout WA, creating opportunities that allow the elderly to feel more included in their community and access to active citizenship for participating pilots. Currently, committed Affiliates are facilitating the purchase and operation of three trishaws in Sorrento, Melville, and RAAFA in Bull Creek, due in January 2018.
Every cent raised goes directly to Cycling Without Age.
*No denomination from the registration cost goes to Cycling Without Age.