Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow. Ole wanted to help older people 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.
He then got in touch with a civil society consultant from the City of Copenhagen, Dorthe Pedersen, who was intrigued by the idea and together they bought five trishaws and launched Cycling Without Age, which has now spread to all corners of Denmark, and since 2015 to another 40 countries around the world.
How It Works
Volunteer pilots sign up for bike rides with older people as often or as rarely as they want to. It’s all driven by people’s own motivation. At present (March 2019) more than 1,600 chapter locations around the world offer Cycling Without Age from well over 2,500 trishaws – and the numbers are still growing. More than 29,000 pilots ensure that older people get out on the bikes to enjoy the fresh air and the community around them. They give them the right to wind in their hair.
We dream of creating a world together, in which the access to active citizenship creates happiness among our fellow elderly citizens by providing them with an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community.
We do that by giving them the right to wind in their hair, the right to experience the city and nature close up from the bicycle and by giving them an opportunity to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives.
That way we build bridges between generations and we reinforce trust, respect and the social glue in our society.https://cyclingwithoutage.org/about/