Welcome to CWA in McHenry County
We are happy to have joined Cycling Without Age chapters in 42 countries. Cycling Without Age is an amazing experience. Nothing beats an elder’s joy, interacting with their pilots and the smiles of passengers returning from their first Trishaw ride with the wind in their hair, rosy cheeks and ready to share their stories.
WHO WE ARE
The mission of Cycling Without Age McHenry County (CWA MC) is to provide recreational rides to seniors or anyone without the mobility to ride on a bicycle on their own. Rides are conducted on battery assist three-wheeled vehicles called Trishaws. Rides are slow and gentle, providing an easy exchange between the passenger(s) and pilot.
The “Free Wheelers” formed in 2019 by representatives of various community groups came together to launch the Cycling Without Age chapter with the goal of a May 2020 “First Ride.”
The Free Wheelers steering committee has been met with enthusiasm for the program to allow riders to make new connections and offer the opportunity to experience nature in a safe, unique, and reminiscent way.
“You have people from all walks of life coming together to share an experience. It’s not about the destination, it’s about the experience. We’re excited to get those tires turning!”
WHAT WE DO
The goals of CWA MC are twofold:
- For riders the opportunity to:
- feel a part of society, reducing isolation
- experience their neighborhood and nature from close up
- Share stories
- “feel the wind in their hair”
- For pilots the opportunity to:
- share their time and energy
- slowdown from their hectic lives
- share conversation in a gentle and caring activity
- enjoy the physical benefits of cycling
Interested in participating?
Cycling Without Age McHenry County is a program under Community Crosswalk, a 501c3 nonprofit organization located in Woodstock, Illinois. For more information, visit their website.
CWA Free Wheelers are able to provide rides at no charge because of the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses.
Donations should be made to Community Crosswalk and must include CWA MC as a notation:
To donate via credit card, click here and indicate CWA MC in the giftnote section: Online Donation
Mail your check to: (indicate “Cycling Without Age” or “CWA MC” in the memo line)
Community Crosswalk, NFP
Community Resources Center
411 Leah Lane, Suite 100
Woodstock, IL 60098
The Free Wheelers (MC CWA Chapter) would like to thank the following donors:
- KA Fund
- Daniel and Lynn Doherty
- Ralph and Mary Jo Losey
- Stephanie Claussen
- Members of the Steering Committee
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