Cycling Without Age- Cycling Geelong acknowledges the support from Geelong Connected Communities

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.

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.

Cycling Without Age

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. 

 

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.

 

Danish Cyclists visit to Geelong – Cycling Without Age

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.

We’ve already started recruiting cycling pilots.  If you’re interested, contact Vicki or Helen.