Cycling Without Age – The Story and Our Mission

Cycling Without Age is about helping older people participate, meet people and remain an active part of their communities. The program offers safe rides on a trishaw, a special bicycle that allows a volunteer peddler to transport one to two people in the front seat of the bike. Volunteers sign up to “pilot” the elderly and are trained to incorporate the program’s principles: generosity, storytelling, without age, slowness, relationships.

Cycling Without Age is a global initiative that began in Denmark in 2012. Ole Kassow noticed how seniors in Copenhagen were somewhat neglected, and he set out to refresh their youth with gentle bicycle rides. So, he developed a special 21st century “trishaw,” built with safety and security in mind, and with the proximity of a bicycle pilot right behind the passengers.

How it all started in Copenhagen


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Cycling Without Age is a transformational initiative that provides older people who spend much of their time indoors and inactive a regular opportunity to enjoy the simple pleasure of being outside, to breathe fresh air, and feel the wind in their faces. It also offers them an opportunity for conversation and engagement with a younger person who is the “pilot” on the bike ride. The intergenerational interaction is of immeasurable benefit to our community, connecting volunteers to our elders.

It is so extraordinary that in just eight years, it has grown to more than 1,800 Cycling Without Age chapters in 50 countries. The more than 2,200 trishaws in service cycle a total of more than 1.8 million miles per year.

The vehicle – a “trishaw” – has two wheels and the passenger seat in the front and one wheel in the back under the pilot. The unit is also equipped with a motor and battery.

Cycling Without Age – Columbus is partnering with Wexner Heritage Village and Bickford Senior Living to provide gentle, recreational trishaw rides to their residents on the paved paths around the facility and on the quiet streets of Bexley. Rides last about 1/2 hour long and are provided from May-October.

Welcome to Cycling Without Age – Columbus

Cycling Without Age – Columbus is a chapter of Cycling Without Age, a non-political, non-profit association headquartered in Copenhagen. Our mission is to reduce isolation, loneliness and depression among the elderly and people with disabilities who reside in Wexner Heritage Village and Bickford of Bexley by forming bonds of connection through conversation and social interaction while enjoying fresh air and the out-of-doors on specially designed and equipped trishaws in the company of a trishaw driver.

Cycling Without Age Columbus was founded in 2019 by Rabbi Misha Zinkow, retired Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel.  He is an avid cyclist and sought to wed his joy of cycling with the mission of serving the elderly in our community.
He envisions creating a community of fellow cyclists who will share their love of the outdoors with seniors who seek connections with other humans and some fresh air!

 

We’re now in The Columbus Foundation’s Giving Store! The Giving Store at columbusfoundation.org is a one-stop shop for effective charitable giving of any amount. Click below to donate to Cycling Without Age Columbus.

Make a donation by check — payable to Cycling Without Age Columbus, and mail to:

Cycling Without Age Columbus
2123 Fair Ave.
Bexley, OH 43209

Cycling Without Age Columbus is a
501(c)(3) public charity

Contact:
Rabbi Misha Zinkow
(614) 560-9594‬
misha.zinkow@cyclingwithoutage.com

 

We are grateful to the Temple Israel Lurie Micro Grants Program, the Bexley Community Foundation and Jewish Columbus for their generous financial support of Cycling Without Age Columbus and to Bexley Roll Bicycle Shop for its complimentary maintenance of our trishaw.

Thank you to our generous individual donors:

Bruce and Joy Soll
David Upin
Elaine and Jonathan Pelz
Elka Abrahamson
Rachel Bloomekatz and Micah Berman
Doug and Barbara Davis
Peter Wray

Become a volunteer pilot today!

Download the application here