CWA - Cycling Without Age
Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow. Ole wanted to help the elders 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.
With over 30 years of experience advising Australians on cargo bikes, we are happy to help you and your family find the right bike for your needs.
“Freedom!”, an elderly lady cries out loud, as we’re all sitting in a circle at the local nursing home. We’re sharing memories of cycling and what cycling means to each of us. Everyone nods and we all agree that cycling is about freedom, joy and adventure, which can be hard to come by if you’re in a nursing home.
We have come to understand that freedom is what most people associate with cycling. From their first bike as a child to the first solo adventures in the neighbourhood and longer rides into cities and nature.
The Right To Wind In Your Hair
Generosity: Cycling Without Age is based on generosity and kindness. It starts with the obvious generous act of taking one or two elderly or less-abled people out on a bike ride. It’s a simple act that everyone can do.
Slowness: 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.
Storytelling: Older adults 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.
Relationships: Cycling Without Age is about creating a multitude of new relationships: between generations, among older adults, between pilots and passengers, care home employees and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness and quality of life.
Without Age: 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.
The Nihola Taxi
THE SAFETY TRISHAW
This unique trishaw has a separate turning system for the front wheels, which provides a better balance when turning. The bike is made in Denmark by Niels Holme Larsen and his team. They have over 20 years of experience building high-quality cargo bikes. One of their feats is to have supplied the Danish postal services with their 1,600 Post Bikes and the Danish royal family with their Nihola Family.
The Nihola Trishaw is auto-battery-powered and works without using a throttle on the handlebar. It is wide enough to seat 2 persons and the footrest is low enough so that passengers easily can enter the trishaw. Hood and blanket are made of solid weather-proof material. We always recommend buying an extra battery for long trips or when using the bike a lot.
Nihola makes some great options for people in a wheelchair. The flex, which carries a standard wheelchair. The Flex 2.0 can carry a bigger (electric chair). Both trikes come with a ramp to wheel the chair on to the platform. The Flex comes in an acoustic and electric pedal assist version.