Cycling Without Age
The Right to Wind in your Hair
Cycling Without Age connects seniors who have mobility challenges with fresh air, nature and social connections by offering a bicycle ride piloted by a volunteer. The international program, started in Denmark seven years ago, is now gaining momentum in the Okanagan.
OneSky manages the program, thanks to a remarkable group of almost 60 volunteers. Neil Pritchard started the Penticton Chapter after seeing a YouTube video of a pre-med student in Scotland running the program in his community. Neil wanted to start the program after caring for his mother and seeing how important it was for her spirit and wellness to just get out and be with people.
Seniors are given the opportunity to ride in a specially made electric-assisted trishaw that is complete with a comfortable two-person carriage in front. The rides promote social connections with passengers enjoying conversations and laughter with each other and their volunteer pilot. All that is required of our volunteer pilots is an ability to ride a bike and willingness to help others.
The Penticton Chapter is one of the most successful programs in North America, and last year, the volunteers provided 1,350 rides. We also partner with local seniors residences to promote the program and ensure participants can enjoy Penticton’s beautiful outdoors.
Please contact us if you would like to be a volunteer pilot or learn more of the program.