Our Five Guiding Principles
Learn about the five guiding principles of all Cycling Without Age Chapters
Cycling Without Age is based on generosity and kindness. It starts with the obvious generous act of taking one or two older or less-abled people out on a bike ride. It’s a simple act that everyone can do.
Slowness allows you to sense the environment, be present in the moment and it allows people you meet along the way to be curious and gain knowledge about Cycling Without Age because you make time to stop and talk.
Older people have so many stories that will be forgotten if we don’t reach out and listen to them. We tell stories, we listen to stories on the bike and we also document the stories when we share them via word of mouth or on social media.
Cycling Without Age is about creating a multitude of new relationships: between generations, among older people, between pilots and passengers, nursing homes employees and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness and quality of life.
Life unfolds at all ages, young and old, and can be thrilling, fun, sad, beautiful and meaningful. Cycling Without Age is about letting people age in a positive context – fully aware of the opportunities that lie ahead when interacting in their local community.
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What people say
Read about the experiences of pilots and passengers alike
Cllr Maurice Perry
2018 Mayor of Stockton on Tees
It gave us great pleasure to be invited to the Cycling Without Age Event in Whitehead Park, Billingham as this was an informal opportunity to raise awareness and aim to deliver the project to residents of the Borough of Stockton on Tees. Cycling Without Age aims to deliver ‘wind in their hair’ opportunities to older people and people with disabilities.
Although initially wobbly with the steering and feel of the trishaw, I soon got the hang of it and could see exactly why the pilots had such big grins on their faces. I had a good chat and a laugh with the passengers and saw first hand how the Cycling Without Age scheme can bring happiness, laughter and enrich the lives of both pilots and passengers.
Today I tried riding in a trishaw as a passenger to support Cycling Without Age. I shared the trishaw with Rory. I thought it was awesome. We went around Billingham Park – it was brilliant!
I am 24 years old and have cerebral palsy and walk with sticks, so going out on the trishaw was a brilliant experience and would recommend it to anyone.