“I miss cycling and getting fresh air”
This is what we often hear from the older people we meet. Many of them no longer have the physical ability it takes to bike a trip down memory lane, to the park or just a trip around the community to feel that they are still alive. This is how the mission behind Cycling Without Age was made: We want to give older people the opportunity to feel the wind rush through their hair.
The many trishaws around the world are waiting for you to step on the pedals as a pilot and get your older neighbours out to see the world again. You can book a trip online when you have the time, desire and the weather is in our favour because there aren’t any determined timetables. When the trip starts, you and your passengers can decide today’s destination.
If you have strong legs and feel like giving a bicycle ride through the city, to the forest, the waterfront or even down memory lane – then become a pilot with Cycling Without Age. Here, you can make a difference in a rewarding community while meeting new people and even getting some free exercise.
As long as you can ride a bicycle and a desire to help others, then there is plenty of space for you. Our pilots are everyone from directors to older people and students. All chapters worldwide have developed pilot training based on the five guiding principles and under the motto: “Hurry up slowly – turn softly”.
Everyone can learn to ride a rickshaw. If you are experienced on a bicycle or a cargo bike, then you won’t need much practise before you are on the road (or the bike path).
However, there are a few important rules and techniques that you should master before you ride off with passengers.
“Hurry up slowly, turn softly”
As a trishaw pilot, you will be responsible for safely cycling our passengers around a pre-determined approved route somewhere in the Borough. In this role, you may find yourself working with care home residents, older people, disabled people, people living with dementia, carers and the wider general public.
All pilots are required to watch a short, 10 minute introductory training video (available here) before attending a 2 hour in-person training session in the community which includes taking the trishaw for a short ride.