Cycling Without Age is a global, non-for-profit organisation founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, by Ole Kassow. It was established in 2012, and today, the organisation is represented in 42 countries all over the world!
The concept of Cycling Without Age is taking elderly people out for bike rides in specially built trishaw bikes piloted by volunteers. The bike rides are free of charge and only require a reservation beforehand. Our mission is to build bridges between generations and help prevent loneliness: we provide the elderly people an opportunity to avoid social isolation and remain active in their community by taking them out on bike rides and allow them to feel the wind in their hair!
In Copenhagen, in 2012, Ole Kassow decided that he wanted to help the elderly people get back on their bicycles to make them feel a part of the local community, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw, and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents.
He then got in touch with a civil society consultant from the City of Copenhagen, Dorthe Pedersen, who was intrigued by the idea and together they bought five trishaws and launched Cycling Without Age, which has now spread to all corners of Denmark and, since 2015, to another 41 countries around the world.
Cycling Without Age in Australia
Cycling Without Age has had active Australian Affiliates since November 2016. In 2017 the name Cycling Without Age Australia was registered and used in social media and other forums.
Currently there are 45 CWA Affiliates registered across Australia. Approximately 25 of these provide operative CWA services.
Cycling Without Age Australia (CWAA) was formally established in 2019 (ABN 49983449368) to support Cycling Without Age and its Affiliates in Australia, with the following objectives:
1. Encourage Growth of CWA in Australia
2. Enabling Communities (to provide and operate their own services)
3. Key Partnerships (with government and other community groups)
4. Good Practice (to ensure safe, consistent and reliable services)
5. Good Governance (to ensure effective use and fair access to resources)
6. Financial Sustainability (to ensure long term operation of services)
CWAA is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and has Deductible Gift Recipient status with the Australian Taxation Office.
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