Last October, on a beautiful Autumn afternoon in Brighton, a dozen or so JCHE residents could be seen riding in pedicabs, enjoying the outdoors with the wind in their hair. Driven by volunteer cyclists from our partners at the Commonwheels Bicycle Co-Op, these were the first JCHE residents to test Cycling Without Age, a program we hope to fully launch in the summer of 2018.
A global Danish-based cycling movement that connects volunteer cyclists with older adults for rides in pedicabs and tailor-made trishaws, Cycling Without Age helps facilitate rider-passenger connections while giving older adults with limited mobility the opportunity to get back on their bikes.
The test outing was such a huge hit with our residents that we decided to launch a “crowdfunding” campaign to raise $20,000 to make Cycling Without Age a permanent fixture at JCHE, first at our Brighton campus, and eventually, across all our communities.
The initial funds will allow us to build a storage shed, purchase two trishaws, and provide additional bicycle parking in Brighton.
Commonwheels Bicycle Co-Op will provide volunteer bicycle mechanics and drivers, and once the program launches, we will coordinate a team of volunteers to establish regular days and hours for this program.
So far, we have raised $2,000 online and received a $3,000 grant from the BC Allston-Brighton Community Fund to build the storage shed to house the pedicabs. The project has sparked a lot of interest among our young professional volunteers, who have been actively engaged in our online fundraising campaign. To capitalize on their enthusiasm, we are hosting a Cycling Without Age Launch party in late spring to generate more excitement and financial support for the project.
Cycling Without Age will be a fantastic addition to our wide array of programs designed to increase our residents’ well-being by giving seniors the opportunity to explore the outdoors in such a fun way, and to socialize with volunteer drivers. Cycling Without Age will also go a long way in our never-ending quest to find new and creative ways to address social isolation and loneliness.
If you’re interested in joining this exciting campaign, please email Nate Vaughan at firstname.lastname@example.org.