About Us

Cycling Without Age is a movement started in 2012 by Ole Kassow. Ole wanted to help the elderly get back on their bicycles, but he had to find a solution to their limited mobility. The answer was a trishaw and he started offering free bike rides to the local nursing home residents. He then got in touch with a civil society consultant from the City of Copenhagen, Dorthe Pedersen (now Cycling Without Age), who was intrigued by the idea and together they bought the first 5 trishaws and launched Cycling Without Age, which has now spread to all corners of Denmark, and since 2015 to another 28 countries around the world.

 

OUR DREAM

We dream of creating a world together, in which the access to active citizenship creates happiness among our fellow elderly citizens by providing them with an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community.
We do that by giving them the right to wind in their hair, the right to experience the city and nature close up from the bicycle and by giving them an opportunity to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives.
That way we build bridges between generations and we reinforce trust, respect and the social glue in our society.

 

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPALS

Generosity: Cycling Without Age is based on generosity and kindness. It starts with the obvious generous act of taking one or two elderly or less-abled people out on a bike ride. It’s a simple act that everyone can do.
Slow Cycling: Slow cycling allows you to sense the environment, be present in the moment and it allows people you meet along the way to be curious and gain knowledge about Cycling Without Age because you make time to stop and talk.
Storytelling: Elderly people have so many stories that will be forgotten if we don’t reach out and listen to them. We tell stories, we listen to stories on the bike and we also document the stories when we share them via word of mouth or on social media.
Relationships: Cycling Without Age is about creating a multitude of new relationships: between generations, among the elderly, between pilots and passengers, nursing homes employees and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness and quality of life.
Without Age: Life does not end when you turn 75. Life unfolds at all ages, young and old, and can be thrilling, fun, sad, beautiful and meaningful. Cycling Without Age is about letting people age in a positive context – fully aware of the opportunities that lie ahead when interacting in their local community.

 

For more information about Cycling Without Age in Singapore, please contact us at: info@cyclingwithoutage.sg
Marieke Bink
Spearhead Cycling Without Age Singapore

 

WHO WE ARE

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Marieke Bink
Role: Director of Cycling Without Age Singapore
Born in the year of the Rabbit
I am married with a wonderful husband and we have two beautiful girls.
I love to travel and experience new things and explore new cultures. That’s why I love Cycling Without Age. We can give the elderly the opportunity to explore again and make new stories, while in the meantime, they teach me and let me explore as well.
With cycling on the trishaw we are able to make new connections, build friendships and make the world a little bit better within our span of control.
My aim to give all the elderly in Singapore the opportunity to experience this trishawriding and feel the wind in their hair (again) and smell the durians on the market.
With a small effort, we can make a big change!

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Pernille Vedersø Bussone
Role: Spearhead
Born in the year of the goat
I try to enjoy every moment of life and not rush. I prefer fresh air and open spaces and don’t mind any kind of weather, in fact I get energised by the elements, especially rain and wind because they really get in your face, they make me feel alive
My heroes are my mother Patricia, Annie and Jane Goodall.
One of my favourite books is Madame Bovary.
I love Cycling Without Age because it makes our lives better. I believe cycling is the answer to urban problems such as congested traffic, pollution and even alienation and loneliness.

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Annie Tan, 陈玉合 Chen Yu He
Role: The face of Cycling Without Age
Born in the year of the snake
I have four children, two boys, two girls, twelve grandchildren, and one great-grandchild
I like Ivoine Tang, Centre Manager, Family Support Services, Salvation Army, Pernille and myself
I used to read books and newspapers in Mandarin, but now I forgot the titles of those books. Now I like to listen to the radio, FM 95.8 with songs and stories
I like Cycling Without Age because I get bored just sitting at home.

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Lynnette Chia
Role: Captain
Born in the year of the dog
I like spending time in the sun and on a bike. And enjoy talking to people to hear their stories and experiences. Cycling Without Age puts all that together!
Books I like are The Art of War, Roald Dahl’s Matilda, and The Da Vinci Code.

Naomi Dawsons

Naomi Dawsons
Role: Admin
Born in the year of the Rooster
My name is Naomi and I live in Singapore with my husband. I am a highly methodical person, my husband teases me about the spreadsheets I am always creating to keep our lives organised. However, it is these skills that I use to assist with the administration of Cycling Without Age. I am so happy to help with this charity because I myself love to go running in the fresh air and beauty of Singapore, and so it is fantastic that we can offer trishaw rides to enable others to enjoy this amazing city too.

Would you like to be our colleague? We can’t offer you a salary, but we will provide you with opportunities to learn and grow. Send in a resume and motivation email to info@cyclingwithoutage.sg, we look forward to hearing from you
 

FAQ

I wrote you an email and I haven’t heard anything yet, why is that?

We truly apologise, we try to answer all questions as quickly as possible and we will get back to you. We hope you can forgive us the wait. Our email address is: info@cyclingwithoutage.sg

Is riding a trishaw in Singapore safe?

We have experience with riding the trishaw on the streets and parks of Singapore and cities across the world. What we notice is that the health benefits from getting outside and enjoying the sun and fresh air improves the health of the passenger and pilot. Passengers have often experienced a decrease in medicine consumption, they are more hungry, sleep better and seem more happy than before the rides. The risk many people worry about is whether traffic in Singapore allows safely for trishaws. We mainly bike on the PCN’s and in the parks and we always bike slow. So no faster than 5-10km/h. When we go from A to B we use the roads, but we never cycle during peakhours and we try to avoid heavy traffic as much as possible. Due to the width of the trishaw we are very visible on the roads and we get a lot of thumbs up while riding the trishaw!

Is riding a trishaw in Singapore legal?

To our knowledge, riding a trishaw does not require any sort of license in Singapore. The minimum age in Singapore for riding an e-bike like this is 16. Our trishaw is made in accordance with EU Standard EN 15194, which is what the LTA has stated as the norm for e-bikes according to the rules set from 1st of February 2016. The trishaw weighs more than the 20 kg stated by the LTA as maximum weight, in fact it weighs 60 kg. We are in contact with the LTA to discuss the approval of such a model given that it carries two passengers.

Where can I ride the trishaw?

According to LTA rules, e-bikes may only be used on the roads of Singapore. But as we want to enjoy the rides with the elderly in a slow mode, we ride mainly on the park connector system, where we turn off the battery.

Isn’t Singapore too hot to ride a trishaw?

If you have experience riding a bicycle in Singapore, we are sure you will agree with us that when you cycle, it feels cooler than walking because you get a wonderful breeze. One of our principles is riding slowly, which means you take your time, this is less exhausting and you are less over heated at the end of the ride as someone who has raced on their bike to get from A to B as quickly as possible. We ride the trishaw at any time of the day with great pleasure, also at noon. 50 years ago more people used to cycle in Singapore, on trishaws too. As well, we always bring a lot of water with us to prevent dehydration for the pilot and the passenger.

What if it rains?

The trishaw has a portable rain cover as well as a water proof blanket for the passengers. The pilot will get wet. As well rain is a perfect opportunity to sit covered and have a nice chat with your passenger and make more connection.

Who can ride the trishaw?

Anyone over the age of 16 who has been trained by Cycling Without Age Singapore.

How is it different from riding a two wheeled bike?

Confident cyclists will quite quickly get used to riding the trishaw. After training you can safely ride it with passengers and after lots of rides you will build more confidence and if you continue, become an expert. To begin with ride shorter rides, until you feel more secure. Always check with your passengers if they are comfortable and wish to continue. The most different things compared to a regular bicycle is the battery and the steering, which we will cover in the training.

 How far can I ride the trishaw?

The distance covered should be an assessment between the passenger and the pilot. Things to consider are: the battery will last (depending on how much it is used speed, weight, incline, time) approximately 30 km. If the tyre punctures, the chain brakes etc, the pilot will have to either find a mechanic close by, bring spare equipment or push it back.

How does the battery work?

The trishaw has an electric option that the pilot is trained to use. The system is “Pedal Assist Sensor” that applies power as you ride, if the pilot choses actively to do so. The power level can be varied from none to low to high through the controller on the handlebars. Power is cut when you stop pedalling or your speed reaches 25km/h.

What if the battery dies?

The pilot can ride the trishaw back home without the electric option, or push it. The battery is charged from a regular plug and it takes a couple of hours to fully charge. 

How is the trishaw transported?

We prefer to ride the trishaw to the destination, we don’t rely on vans for several reasons. One being the cost of renting one, but more importantly, we want to promote cycling and we love to ride the trishaw, we prefer being outdoors, even when it’s hot and even if it’s a long ride. Also riding the trishaw on the roads of Singapore is the best possible way to get attention to what we do.

Where is the trishaw parked?

We park the trishaw the best possible place we can find. Many people are worried about theft. It’s the only of its kind in Singapore and stealing it would attract a lot of unwanted attention to a thief.

People are staring at me when I ride the trishaw, what is going on?

The trishaw brings back a lot of memories of the trishaw culture in Singapore that many people remember with joy and nostalgia. Sometimes our faces hurt from smiling so much and we often stop to chat with curious people who want to know more. This is one of the best parts of Cycling Without Age, the pilot and passenger get to interact with members of their community. It’s also another reason why we prefer to transport the trishaw on the roads and not in a van, this kind of spontaneous interaction is addictive.

Is there a waiver of liability for the pilot? 

Yes. After training, we ask you to sign this document:

“I declare that I consent to the terms and conditions of the participation as stated below. I am participating in the Cycling Without Age event out of my own free will and at my own risk. I acknowledge that this event has its potential risks (including traffic conditions and other situational causes) but I assume all the responsibility. I will obey all the Singapore traffic laws and safety  requirements for this event. I agree that Cycling Without Age nor any parties involved would be held responsible for any damage to or loss of property, injury or death arising from the participation in this event.
I am at least 16 years of age.”

Who is the passenger?

Any elderly person who wants to try “riding” a bicycle again, who wants to remember a time when they were stronger and miss feeling the wind in their hair. Or someone who wants to strike up new friendships, either with a fellow passenger or a pilot. Or a family member or neighbour of yours. It can be someone you know or don’t know yet. Or maybe it is you.

Who has tried this in Singapore so far?

We are working with St. Lukes Eldercare as well as the Salvation Army, both have multiple centers across Singapore. We have also worked with Red Hat IT company and Lumenlab for corporate events and Chatsworth International School for a schoolevent. As well we work with Zendesk and GEMS World Academy (Singapore) within a long term community service approach. For more information about our CAS and CSR-program, please contact us on info@cyclingwithoutage.sg

How much weight does the trishaw carry?

Passengers two together or one alone can weigh up to 150 kg, this is excluding the pilot.

 What does a trishaw cost and where can I get one?

There are three producers of certified Cycling Without Age trishaws. If you wish to buy one for yourself, the cost of one is about S$15000. This is including delivery/shipment,  maintenance  and insurance for three years and training. Contact us on info@cyclingwithoutage.sg

I own a business and I would like to help out, what do you need?

We are very open to any kind of partnerships that benefit the elderly community. One way is to sponsor a trishaw and have your logo on it. It is a great way to show your care to the community! Second is that you can also let your employees be trained as pilots and let them ride a number of our per year on your trishaw with the elderly. We will fill up the other hours with our volunteers, so a lot of elderly will have a ride!

Besides this, for example if you own a café, you could invite our pilots and passengers for a free coffee when they are on their rides.

And off course If you have options for sponsorship, printing flyers and other promoting materials, storage, maintaining, or transporting the trishaw, that would also be extremely helpful.

Please contact us and I am sure we can start up a great collaboration! info@cyclingwithoutage.sg

How can I learn more about Cycling Without Age?If you wish, we would like to come and make a presentation for you and your colleagues or friends. If you don’t have the time for that, you can google Cycling Without Age and see our stories on social media: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Another great way to learn more about what we do is by watching this video by the person who started Cycling Without Age: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Ti4qUa-OU

Who’s paying for this?

Cycling Without Age is not for profit organisation and we are not paid for the time we spend building this in Singapore. We rely on the generosity of the businesses and private people with resources to spare.

 
Where was the trishaw made?

The trishaw has components from different companies, but it was built and gathered in Denmark and is made in accordance with EU Standard EN 15194. It is a very high quality trishaw made specifically for this purpose.

How many Cycling Without Age trishaws are there in Singapore?

At the moment there are 4 trishaws in Singapore. Our aim is to have 50 trishaws in Singapore, spread out over the country, so every elderly will have the access to a trishawride in his or her neighbourhood.

 Why only 4 trishaws in Singapore?

We are working on building our not for profit, which means meeting with possible sponsors, eldercare centers, legal experts and politicians, this takes time. Our dream is to have 50 trishaws or 1 in each HDB estate. Want to help fulfilling our dream? Please donate or contact us on info@cyclingwithoutage.sg

Why is this model so different from the classic Singapore trishaws?

We love the Singapore trishaws and we see them as related to what we do, we are always very friendly with the trishaw uncles we meet. This trishaw was made specifically for riding with elderly passengers, so for instance the entry point is lower than usual, it is an e-bike so the pilot can interact with the passengers, it also has the pilot seated close to the passengers so they can better hear what each other are saying while in the meantime keep an eye on the traffic.

What are your principles?

Generosity, slow cycling, storytelling, relationships, without age.

Which countries have Cycling Without Age?
You can see where we are represented at the bottom of this page: http://cyclingwithoutage.org