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Cycling without age presentation


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Presentation from the Cycling Without Age (Newcastle group) at NewCycling AGM 2019

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Cycling without age presentation

  1. 1. Passengers enjoying “the right to wind in their hair” along the Newcastle Quayside This is Annie, our very own triobike!
  2. 2. What is Cycling Without Age?  Aims to combat loneliness & social isolation amongst the elderly and less mobile  Volunteers (AKA ‘pilots’) provide free cycle rides to passengers who sit at the front two-seater cab & experience the thrill of being back on a bike  Passengers can feel like an active part of their local community  Completely autonomous & voluntary ran  Groups (AKA ‘chapters’) organise their own financial & organisational structure  All independent groups are affiliated to the global initiative  Established in 2012 & now present in 1,500 + locations worldwide  The UK presence is growing and we are the first ‘chapter’ in the North east of England
  3. 3. The 5 Guiding Principles of Cycling Without Age: ‘Generosity’: Taking one or two elderly or less-abled people out on a bike ride is a simple kind act that everyone can do. ‘Slowness’: Slow riding enables you to fully sense the environment and allows time to stop and talk to people along the way. ‘Storytelling’: Older generations have so many stories that will be forgotten if we don’t reach out and listen to them. During the rides, conversations flow between pilots and passengers and stories unfold. ‘Relationships’: CWA is about creating a multitude of new relationships: between generations, among the elderly, between pilots and passengers, nursing homes employees and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness and quality of life ‘Without Age’: Life doesn’t end at 75, but unfolds at all ages. CWA is about allowing people to age in a positive context where they become more aware of the opportunities that exist to interact and still be a part of their local community. ‘Without Age’ is also about giving this opportunity to anyone who has reduced mobility no matter what their age.
  4. 4. What are the benefits of Cycling Without Age?  Physical and emotional well-being benefits  Immediate signs of enjoyment from passengers  Moments of reminiscing & storytelling  Unique & unusual mode of transport  Passengers experience the feeling of “wind in their hair”  Promotes a healthier social life & builds new friendships  All independent groups are affiliated to the global initiative  In Denmark formal research has began to assess to long term health benefits. Pilots get fit too!
  5. 5. How do we continue and expand  Completing the repayments for our part- purchase of Annie – we still have £750 to pay  Contribute towards the running costs of the project (insurance & maintenance of the triobike)  Purchase more triobikes so we can operate in other locations in the region & allow others to enjoy this wonderful project!  Train more people to be pilots to ride the Trishaw(s).  Organise more rides through awareness and partnerships with other organisations.
  6. 6. Cycling Without Age – Newcastle upon Tyne @cwanewcastle cwanewcastle