The right to feel the wind in your hair.
That’s the motto for Cycling Without Age, an international volunteer-driven program that takes elderly, often shut-in, residents out for bike rides. It began in Copenhagen in 2012 and has grown to include 52 countries with 2,700 chapter locations worldwide.
Cycling Without Age Penticton offers seniors free rides in specialized bicycles. We know that social isolation and loneliness is related to serious negative health effects and reduced quality of life for seniors. This community initiative reduces seclusion and brings people together over stories and experiences while enjoying the beautiful Penticton scenery from a bike. And the volunteer pilots enjoy the rides as much as the passengers!
The design of the distinctive electric, three-wheeled bikes called trishaws, intentionally places the passengers right “in the seat of the action”. The safe, padded bench with room for one or two people, complete with seat belts, sits in front of the pilot. The pilots are local volunteers who enjoy the rides as much as the passengers.
Neil Pritchard began the Penticton Chapter of Cycling Without Age in 2018 in partnership with OneSky Community Resources. The chapter has 4 trishaws and over 25 volunteers that visit Penticton care facilities on regular scheduled days
Anyone seeing the distinctive red trishaws is encouraged to wave or give a friendly honk. It really adds to the experience for both passengers and pilots!
We accept volunteer applications on an ongoing basis. Our application process includes an interview, reference checks, criminal record check and an orientation.
Please fill out the application form here.