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.
Stopping for a tea break
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
Slow speed allows participants to chat as they cycle*
*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.
Guide dogs can also enjoy the ride
Vicki learns to manouvre the bike and passengers
Posing for the camera
First Geelong Training session for pilots – Tuesday, January 23rd
Our first group of CWA pilots
It’s fun to be a passenger or pilot
Riding around the Piazza at MACS
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.
Around 30 members attended the dinner meeting on Tuesday, May 16th, at the Belmont Hotel.
The guest speaker was Luke Sherwell, Active Transport Officer with City of Greater Geelong. Luke talked about the types of issues that are faced in providing safe cycling infrastructure, and showed examples of international and local solutions. He also fielded questions about issues faced by our members.
Luke Sherwell talked about cycling infrastructure for Geelong
Around 30 people attended the dinner meeting
Dave has cycled the Bellarine Rail Trail that day, and brought along a large number of photos of problems with the unsealed section from Drysdale to Queenscliff.
Soft edges and puddles
Sandy loose surface
Loose surface – impassable for most bikes
Deep pothole/ washaway
Water over path
Water pooling over path
Other issues included the poor shoulders on Bacchus Marsh Road, the unsealed section of the Barwon River circuit at Fyansford, closure of southern end of the Ted Wilson Trail and dangerous railings at head height on the new bridges over Waurn Ponds Creek.
Railings at head height on Waurn Ponds Path
Closure of Ted Wilson Trail at Church street – photo posted in August 2017 when the path had been closed for 6 months.
disappearing bike lane near Lara Football Ground
The only remaining unsealed section of the Barwon River Circuit
Vicki Perrett talked about the pilot program of Cycling Without Age which will be starting soon. Cycling Without Age involves the provision of electric rickshaws to be based in aged care facilities. Volunteer cyclists take residents on bike rides – to shops, sight-seeing, for appointments etc. The program began in Denmark and is now all over the world, including in two places in Melbourne. Multi-Cultural Aged Care in North Geelong are purchasing one bicycle, and there are plans to fund raise for a second.
It is hoped that a number of Cycling Geelong members will be among the volunteer bike pilots for this program.
Cycling without age – Sandringham
Stopping for a tea break
Thanks to guest speaker Luke Sherwell, and to Stephanie and Geoff our social secretaries for organising this most successful evening.