CWA McHenry County

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.

CWA MC values the visible and invisible qualities that make people who they are and is committed to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all of its policies, practices, and programs. 

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!” 

-Greg Glover, founding member

 

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?

Contact mchenrycounty@cyclingwithoutage.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOUR SUPPORT 

Cycling Without Age McHenry County is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

CWA Free Wheelers are able to provide rides at no charge because of the generosity of individuals, foundations, and businesses.

Donations can be made via credit card or by check. 

Donate via Paypal

Checks should be made out to:

Cycling Without Age McHenry County
166 W. Crystal Lake Ave
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

 

The Free Wheelers (MC CWA Chapter) would like to thank the following donors: 

Platinum Spoke Sponsor ($20,000+)

Gold Spoke Sponsor ($10,000-$19,999)

Silver Spoke Sponsor ($5,000 – $9,999)

  • Full Circle Foundation

Bronze Sponsor ($2,000 – $4,999)

  • Greg and Holly Glover

Free Wheeler ($500-1,999)

  • Clearwater Capital Partners
  • Community Crosswalk
  • Crystal Lake Park District
  • Dan and Lynn Doherty
  • Door Service, Inc.
  • Harvard Senior Center
  • James and Peg Bolm
  • KA Fund
  • McHenry County Bicycle Club
  • McHenry County Conservation District
  • The Bike Haven

Friends (<$500)

  • Myles Adamson
  • Dylan Baker
  • Heidi Baker
  • Julie Baker
  • Marcia Baker
  • Sue Baker
  • Maryana Barcus
  • Heather Bechtel
  • Leslie Burgess
  • Ron and Cathy Cagle
  • Lyn Cablk
  • Stephanie Claussen
  • Stacy DeMarsh
  • Jackie Di Cecco
  • Julie Donley
  • Bridget Dudgeion
  • Erin Finlay
  • Dawn Gale
  • Tchalla Greene
  • Alison Hage
  • Angela Kalmerton
  • Jennifer Kuc
  • Richard Kuranda
  • Ralph and Mary Jo Losey
  • Suzanne “Sam” Martinez
  • Margaret Miller
  • Jessica Obenauf
  • Deputy Patrick Polidori
  • Elizabeth Proffitt Forsberg
  • Sharon Smith
  • Deb Stiles
  • Jessica Swearingen
  • Marybeth Urbin
  • Eberhard and Catherine Veit
  • Brenna Wing
  • Ruth and Jack Zabielski
  • David Zeigler