08 April 2013

Ageless Cycling

Et varmt hjerte
My friend Ole had an idea last year. The elderly who are in care homes need to get out a bit more. They grew up on bicycles. Why not take them for a ride? He borrowed a Christiania pedicab and volunteered to take the residents of a care home for a ride through the city. Talking with them, hearing their stories, showing them their town from the cycle track.

The idea is good. So good that the care home invested in a fleet of the pedicabs from Christiania Bikes. Now Ole took it to the next level and he started a group called Cykling uden alder - or Cycling Without Age. Last weekend they arranged a fantastic bike ride through the city with the fleet of pedicabs and a group of supporters.


As Ole puts it:

"Cycling Without Age is about quality of life.

It's about showing that the city is at it's loveliest when seen from the cycle track.
It's about the fact that cyclists are happier.
It's about the fact that cyclists are healthier, live longer and are less ill.

We want to promote that more people use their bicycle each day. There are already many that ride here in Copenhagen, but we can be many more. Especially children and the elderly.

Everyone who met up here today (at the bike ride) are living examples that we can make a difference.

Will you do me a favour and tell at least one person about this day and this bike ride and get that person to cycle more?
If you do that, you'll be a part of creating a better city and a better and happier Denmark."

What can you possibly add to that but some photos?

Ole's mum was on the ride, too.

Ole's mor
Ole's mum again.

And here's Ole himself, in action.

Having inspiring friends is a gift. Ole is also on the board of Cykelrepublikken.

All the photos are by Sandra from the always brilliant Classic Copenhagen blog.


shuichi said...

Peaceful! Ah, I finally shipped one Mama Bicycle to Prague!

She Rides a Bike said...

Mikael, this post couldn't have come along at a better time! I'm speaking tomorrow at the City of Phoenix Trial Budget meeting and my topic will be the benefits of bike infrastructure for aging adults - economically, psychologically and physically. Thanks for some ideas and inspiration.

Ole Kassow said...

It was a fantastic day and the passengers had a great ride - at least so they told us :-)

Thanks a milion, Mikael, for this great write-up. To anyone reading this: This idea is open source - so if you feel like doing something similar in your town or city, feel free to grab the idea. You can also contact 'Cykling uden alder' on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/cyklingudenalder and ask any questions you may have regarding setting it up. It's in Danish, but don't worry, we'll get back to you in English too.

If you live in Copenhagen and would like to ride with the elderly from one of five home for old people, also just drop us a line there.

harasmivoluntad said...

Could you please tell mewhere can i buy one of those pedicabs?
Thanks in advance!

Ole Kassow said...

These bikes are produced by Christiania Bikes in Copenhagen (well, probably produced elsewhere and assembled in Copenhagen): http://christianiabikes.dk/da/generel-transport/taxa-cykel.html

They may have resellers in other countries too.

andreacasalotti said...

The correct address for the manufacturer of the Christiania Taxi is christianiabikes.com.

Ole, congratulations for your project. May I respectfully suggest that it would be more in synch with your ethos, to publish on a blog with RSS, rather than on Facebook?

tstreet said...

This is what civilization should be about.

Simon Nurse said...

This is a lovely idea and a great post. It is indeed, what civilisation is all about (well said tstreet).

Time for me to start lobbying in Cardiff.....(Wales UK)

Peter Santos said...

bikes are made by Christianiabikes.com on Bornholm and can be bought anywhere in the world.
Ole it is a great idea, hopefully it is the first of many more rides...

Ole Kassow said...

I shall be in London, UK, on 13-14 May if anybody wants to meet and discuss how they can introduce this initiative in their town. You can contact me at ole@purpose.dk.

Chris Tran said...

My mother would had appreciated that.

What a brilliant idea!

Azzi Shah said...

Now this would be too comfortable ride for parents. Great stuff.

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Richard Bloomfield said...

I remember visiting Copenhagen about 10 years ago and seeing an old person walking along slowly pushing a bike. They were, in essence, using the bike as a walking frame - to give them extra balance.

Jitin Sharma said...

This is such a nice idea and it must be comfortable for aged people riding to go wherever they want just sitting on.

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