Find out more at Cycling Without Age’s Facebook events page.
Cycling Geelong’s application for a grant towards the purchase of a second CWA Triobike was successful, resulting in a grant of $3000. Along with our club donation of $2000, a matching donation of $2000 from Geelong Sustainability, fundraising by both groups, and some individual donations, has gone a long way towards the purchase.
Cycling Without Age Geelong’s first chapter was launched at MACS on May 23rd. Visitors had the chance to welcome the two Triobikes, their pilots Leanne, Robyn and Tony, and their MACS resident passengers, before a formal launch and afternoon tea in MACS’ chapel.
Thanks to Geelong Connected Communities for their generous support of this program, which enables aged care residents to enjoy the pleasure of a slow social bike ride in our beautiful city.
David Salamy led the regular ride to Drysdale this week. Thanks David for leading the ride and for this report.
Twelve (male) riders left South Geelong at 9:05 and Gavan was waiting at Café Zoo for the return ride. It was a very relaxed ride at a moderate pace in very pleasant conditions. There were no incidents and nothing of note to report apart from the road graders ripping up one of the dirt roads at the Drysdale end. All riders disembarked and most carried their bike over the dirt mound.
David, as well as being a regular rider on Thursday rides to Drysdale, is now a fully accredited Cycling Without Age pilot. Along with Dirk, also from Cycling Geelong, he forms the team to take residents from MACS our for a spin every Friday afternoon. You can hear more about this program at Cycling Geelong’s dinner meeting on Tuesday, March 21st at the Belmont Hotel.
On Friday, 9th February, Vicki will hold another session for our Cycling Without Age pilots to familiarise themselves with the new electric-assisted trikes at MACS. The session is from 1-4pm, at MACS, 100 Weddell Road, North Geelong.
We’re still recruiting new pilots. If you’d like to be part of this world-wide cycling movement, please send your expression of interest to Helen or Vicki. Help those who can’t ride enjoy the experience of ‘wind in the hair’ through a slow bike ride with friends.
Cycling Geelong is proud to be a partner in Geelong’s first chapter of Cycling Without Age. This worldwide program allows people who cannot cycle, due to age or disability, to enjoy the freedom and friendship of a slow bike ride with friends.
The first chapter in Geelong is at MACS (Multi-cultural Aged Care) in North Geelong. Two electric-assist Triobikes arrived from Denmark in December. The first training session for cyclist-pilots was held last week. Fifteen volunteers had a most enjoyable afternoon, trying out the bikes, and enjoying the experience as passengers. Two more training sessions will be held this week, with further sessions in the weeks to come.
November 2017 – Cycling Without Age comes to Geelong’s first Humans in Geelong Festival at Deakin Waterfront
*This was a walking-pace trial ride around the courtyard at Deakin. Hence, the cyclist had no helmet. Passengers, who wear seat belts, are not required to wear helmets.
November, 2017 – a group of Danish cyclists visit MACS en route from Newcastle to Hobart.
First Geelong Training session for pilots – Tuesday, January 23rd
The program should be up and running at MACS within weeks. Come along to Pako Festa on Saturday 24th February to see the trikes make a public appearance.
Further chapters of Cycling Without Age in and around Geelong won’t be far behind.
More cyclist-pilots are needed. To volunteer, contact Helen.
Multi-cultural Aged Care, North Geelong
Monday 9th October, 2017
Six young Danish cyclists are spending a short time in Geelong, as they tour eastern Australia riding passenger tricycles, and promoting Cycling Without Age. This morning, they visited macs (Multi-cultural Aged Care) in Weddell Parade, North Geelong.
Residents, their family members and staff had the opportunity to take a ride. Vicki, Rosemary and Helen, from Cycling Geelong all had the opportunity to try out the bikes – which have electric power assist (not used on today’s rides).
Once people got into the passenger seat, it was smiles all around, with reminiscences flowing about the last time they were able to be on a bike, and general excitement.
Despite the cold south-westerly wind, everyone had a great time. Once up and running, with two new tricycles, the residents and cycling pilots will be able to explore Geelong, with the first route to the waterfront already mapped out.
Cycling Geelong is a partner with Cycling Without Age, Geelong Sustainability and macs (Multi-Cultural Aged Care) in Geelong’s first Cycling Without Age chapter.