on the Friday, September 18, 2015
Cycling Without Age is a movement that started in 2012 by Ole Kassow in Denmark. Ole wanted to help seniors get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility.
The answer was a rickshaw and he started offering free bike rides to local nursing home residents.
He then got in touch with a civil society consultant in Copenhagen who was intrigued by the idea and together they bought the first five rickshaws and launched Cycling Without Age.
The program has now spread to all corners of the world from Norway, Sweden, Finland, the UK, Germany, Austria, and Italy to Singapore, the United States, Canada and Chile.
Volunteers sign up for bike rides with the elderly through a simple booking system as often or as rarely as they want to. It’s all driven by the volunteers’ own motivation.
Currently, over 2’500 volunteers around the world ensure that the elderly get out of their nursing homes, out on the bikes to enjoy the fresh air and the community around them.
As we grow older, we tend to lose our personal mobility and along with that, the simple pleasures of being outdoors, feeling the sun on our skin, the wind in your hair and seeing the world go by.
Cycling Without Age wants to break the elderly free from social isolation and make them smile.
Hopefully we’ll see a Cycling Without Age branch in Australia soon! Click here to find out how you can become involved.
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