Cycling Without Age is a program that helps end loneliness with bike rides. “The right to wind in your hair” is our slogan, and it could not be more appropriate. The program takes people who are stuck in nursing homes or long-term care facilities and gets them out on the road in a specially designed bike called a trishaw. Sun on their face, wind in their hair, experiencing the freedom that cycling provides.
The program began in Copenhagen, Denmark by a gentleman named Ole Klassow who rode his bike every day to work. Along the way, he would pass a 90-year-old man who sat in the same place every day. One day, Ole showed up on a trishaw and asked the old man if he would like a bike ride. Off they went, and Cycling Without Age was born. That bike ride has grown into over 300 Cycling Without Age chapters in 6 continents.
I am incredibly excited to bring this movement to RVA. The first trishaw has arrived, and I have just begun giving rides to residents of St Francis Home which is located near Forest Hill Park. My mission with St Francis is to share with the residents the joy of being outside on a bike, a relaxed conversation, and friendship. Simply put, to let them know they don't have to be lonely, they are not forgotten.
My vision is that Cycling Without Age Richmond becomes an awesome force for our community, with trishaws cruising all over the city, spreading the joy that cycling brings to those who would otherwise be stuck inside. I envision rides for sick or disabled kids, shut-ins, or veterans who couldn't normally experience cycling. I want to blow this thing up, big.
Your contributions will go directly to the purchase of a trishaw, to be placed at nursing homes all over RIchmond. My goal is to have 10 trishaws placed in the next 6 months.