Vancouver B.C.

WHO WE ARE

Cycling Without Age is a global movement started in 2012 in Copenhagen. We aim to reach and improve the lives of the elderly and break them free from social isolation. We take them for rides to enjoy fresh air and conversation, and together, we create memories and smiles. Each CWA Chapter operates independently. If you are interested in volunteering check for a chapter in your community. BC and Canadian CWA chapters.

About the Vancouver Chapter

Founded in the spring of 2018 we purchased our first trishaw in the spring of 2019. In the Fall of 2020, we became a registered Society and now operate as Vancouver Cycling Without Age Society with registered charitable status. Our primary ride area is around the West End, Yaletown, False Creek, and the West Side of Vancouver offering trishaw rides to seniors and their families. We operate four trishaws, three are Triobikes and one is a Van Raam. Please note we do not rent our trishaws.

Our partners include senior care homes, adult day cares, neighborhood houses, recreation centers, and organizations that support seniors and those with disabilities.

Our primary passengers are seniors who are isolated and benefit from the opportunity to get out and enjoy the wind in their hairThe age of our passengers is between 70-100 with the average in their mid to late 80s.


False Creek Seawall

RIDE PROGRAMS

Our official ride season is May through October each year. We work with Partners for designated rides and offer community rides for seniors living in their own homes with family and senior association support. We do not ride to private homes for pick-up.

COMMUNITY RIDE PROGRAM (public rides)
This program supports seniors living independently with the assistance of family.  We meet these seniors and family at designated locations in the city.

Register for one or more rides:

  • July 1 Canada Day Stanley Park Forest Ride
  • July 21 UBC Pacific Spirt Park Forest Ride
  • July 25 Stanley Park Forest Ride
  • July 31 Jericho and Spanish Banks Ride
  • August 3 False Creek Ride with Music at Leg-in-Boot Square
  • August 8 Stanley Park Forest Ride
  • August 13 Jericho and Spanish Banks Ride
  • August 24 UBC Pacific Spirt Park Forest Ride
  • August 28 Stanley Park Forest Ride

PARTNER RIDE PROGRAM
We work with long-term care homes, adult day cares, and associations that support seniors and recreation programming. We work with the organization to design weekly or monthly rides, routes, and promotions. Our partners include:

How You Can Help Us

BE A VOLUNTEER
May 2024 update.  Our ride season is May to October with information sessions and pilot training in March and April. We thank everyone for their interest in riding with us as a volunteer Pilot (bike rider) however, we have all the Pilots we need for the 2024 season.

Other volunteer opportunities include photographers, musicians, marketing, and fundraising.

DONATE
All donations go toward helping us bring our programming to seniors and the communities they live in. Donations help us maintain our trishaws and fundraise for future trishaws. We provide tax receipts for charitable donations through Canada Helps. Thank You!

Pilot Training
Douglas Park Mom and Daughter Ride
Kitsilano Beach

BUILDING COMMUNITY

CWA is less about volunteering in the traditional sense of the word and more about active citizenship. Citizenship is driven by a desire to get involved and to make a real difference for someone. It starts with the obvious generous act of taking one or two elderly or less-abled people out on a trishaw bike ride.

2018 with founder Ole Kassow

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

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: Elderly people 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 the elderly, between pilots and passengers, care home employees, and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness, and quality of life.

Without Age: Life does not end when you turn 75. 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.

CWA Vancouver milestones:


CWA Western Conference, Canmore Alberta

Cycling Without Age Worldwide Facts As of  February 2023

  • Invented in 2012 in Copenhagen
  • Active chapters in 39 countries
  • Starting up in 20 countries
  • 3,050 chapter locations
  • 4,900 trishaws
  • 39,000 trained cycle pilots
  • Over 3 million rides and over 650,000 people served
  • Oldest pilot is 90 (Jørgen Hass, Denmark)
  • Oldest passenger Pauline Angleman, 110 from California (sharply followed by youngster Edith Green, 108, from Bournemouth)

Contact Us
Cycling Without Age Vancouver
vancouver@cyclingwithoutage.ca

Please note – we do not rent our trishaws
To purchase a trishaw of your own, visit Velolifestyle

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