About the project
It’s a bracing but sunny winter day, perfect for getting out on a bike and feeling the wind on your face – but when we are not as mobile as we once were, riding a bike by our self may no longer be an option.
For Faye and Julian, a trishaw awaits. Every month/week, the pair can take a ride on a specially designed trishaw ridden by an approved volunteer rider. As well as taking in some valuable fresh air, they feel part of the outdoor community and get the chance to talk to lots of interested passers by.
“We really enjoy it, it’s fantastic. You feel like you’re royalty,” said Faye, a resident at Montefiore aged care in Woollahra.
“It’s wonderful to be out in the fresh air. I’d like to ride the bicycle myself but unfortunately I just can’t these days,” said Julian.
“There’s a lot of satisfaction that you’re helping people,” David a volunteer pilot said. “It’s great for them to get out in the fresh air instead of feeling like they’re stuck in a home. I enjoy it just as much as they do!”
Photo Credit: John Slaytor
What we want to achieve
More and more people are living into their 80s and 90s. For people who become less mobile as they age, the world becomes a smaller place. We want to help older people with limited mobility to rediscover the outside world.
There are already some trishaws in NSW, but these are mainly owned by aged care facilities and can only be used by their residents. COTA NSW is partnering with Cycling Without Age to provide community-based trishaws that are available for use by any group that can benefit. The trishaw rides will be free of charge and only require a reservation beforehand.
Help us to start a pilot project in Parramatta. Once this is established and the wrinkles are ironed out, we will expand the program to other parts of NSW.
What will get us started?
To ensure everyone’s safety, a specially designed and approved trishaw is required. These cost $16,000 each. Another $4,000 will cover getting the pilot project started. This includes training, maintenance, publicity and working towards sustainability after 12 months.
Who we are
Council on the Ageing (COTA) NSW is the peak organisation for older people in NSW. It was founded in 1956 and has been making a difference to the lives of older people for more than 60 years. COTA NSW has launched some of the state’s most important initiatives and services for older people, including Seniors’ Week, NSW Meals on Wheels, Carers NSW and the Retirement Villages Residents Association.
Cycling Without Age
Founded in Copenhagen in 2012, Cycling Without Age is a global movement aiming to bring people together by sharing experiences on a bike. It operates in 42 countries and has 1200 chapters that provide rides to more than 60,000 older people around the world. The passengers come from aged care facilities, respite facilities and community centres.
Please note: COTA NSW is a Not-for-profit organisation and has Deductible Gift Recipients (DGR) status. Donations over $2 are tax deductible through COTA NSW.