Cycling Geelong acknowledges the support received from Geelong Connected Communities for the Cycling Without Age program at MACS.
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.
Pilot Robyn and a MACS resident return from a CWA ride to Rippleside Park
Tony returns with two MACS residents.
MACS Chair Gael Perry welcomes Councillor Sarah Mansfield and her new baby to the CWA launch at MACS
Launching Cycling Without Age at MACS
Helen, Cycling Geelong
Vicki, Geelong Sustainability
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.
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.
The very first passengers from Multi-cultural Aged Care
Maria and her father prepare to ride
Posing for the camera
A turn around the piazza
The Venice mural, MACS main street
Carer and resident share a bike ride
Guide dogs can also enjoy the ride
Vicki learns to manouvre the bike and passengers
Almost ready for P-plates
this resident couple are in their 90s, have been married for 72 years, and have 8 children
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.
We’ve already started recruiting cycling pilots. If you’re interested, contact Vicki or Helen.