About Cycling Without Age England
We are part of ‘Cycling Without Age’ a non-profit global initiative, founded in Copenhagen in 2012. England has a growing number of local chapters, many of which came about through the power of social media sharing. Each local chapter is run by volunteers with our guiding principles of generosity, slowness, storytelling, relationships and without age.
Find out how it all started in Copenhagen
Our volunteer pilots take local elders and care homes residents out on ‘trishaw’ cycle rides to feel the wind in their hair. We bring generations closer together using special trishaws (three-wheel cycles with a passenger cab out front). They have electrical power assist, so no need to be super-sporty to be a volunteer cycle pilot. Our rides are comfortable, fun and free. They enable people to experience the city and nature close-up from the bicycle. There’s opportunity to regain social connection and for people to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives. Our work builds bridges between generations and reinforces trust, respect and the social glue of our society. Our cycle pilots and passengers alike enjoy the physical and emotional well-being benefits. The joy of riding in the trishaw cab stimulates spirits to fly and stories to flow!
CYCLING WITHOUT AGE FACTS
As of December 2021
- Invented in 2012 in Copenhagen
- Represented in 52 countries worldwide
- 2,700 chapter locations
- 3,700 trishaws
- 35,000 trained cycle pilots
- 2.5 million people served
- Oldest pilot is 90 (Jørgen Hass, Denmark) and oldest passengers are Pauline Angleman, 110 from California (sharply followed by youngster Edith Green, 108, from Bournemouth)
- Our trishaws cycle 2.8 million km a year or 70 times around the world
Getting started with a Cycling Without Age chapter is an amazing experience. Nothing beats witnessing the joy of the elderly, pilots and personnel interact on and around the trishaw and seeing the smiles of passengers coming back from their first ride with wind in their hair, rosy cheeks and full of stories. We love to experience the movement of Cycling Without Age spreading all over the world and always welcome more to join.
We have launched a simple Affiliate model for communities, nursing homes, cities and individuals worldwide to become part of the movement.
- Coffee friends
- Chapters with trishaws
- New chapters fundraising for trishaws