Could you help older people ‘feel the wind in their hair’?
Time & Talents, with the support of United St Saviours Charity and Cargobike Life CIC, is setting up a new branch of the international Cycling Without Age initiative in Rotherhithe.
Cycling Without Age is a movement started in Denmark in 2012 by Ole Kassow. Ole wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents. Volunteers (pilots) sign up for bike rides with the elderly as often or as rarely as they want to. It’s a great way to stay fit and healthy in the outdoors, give something back to your community, get to know new people, and just have fun!
At T&T, we’re now looking for experienced cyclists who would like to volunteer to get involved with the scheme and help to make it a reality! Three trishaws have been delivered, and we aim to start growing a project, with some ‘pilot’ sessions in October, leading up to an exciting and fun Christmas programme to formally launch. Get in touch now and we’ll get you on board!
At present (August 2016) more than 200 chapters around the world offer Cycling Without Age from well over 1,000 trishaws – and the numbers are still growing. More than 6,000 pilots ensure that the elderly get out of their nursing homes, out on the bikes to enjoy the fresh air and the community around them. They give them the right to wind in their hair.
The bikes are speed limited and have a little power assist, so you don’t need to be a fitness freak or an Olympic cyclist!
You can find out more about the Cycling Without Age initiative here:
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45