Getting started with a Cycling Without Age chapter is an amazing experience. Nothing beats witnessing the joy of the elderly, pilots and personnel interact on and around the trishaw and seeing the smiles of passengers coming back from their first ride with wind in their hair, rosy cheeks and full of stories. We love to experience the movement of Cycling Without Age spreading all over the world and always welcome more to join.
You don’t have to have a finished plan before becoming an affiliate. If you have a desire to set up a chapter based on our guiding principles, we encourage you to join now, and tap into our global movement of like-minded people, who all help each other with all the nitty gritty of getting started. To get started fill out the application form below.
The affiliate application form is located in section 9 at the bottom of this page.
This Affiliate Agreement (“Agreement”) is between the party designated below (“Affiliate”) and Cycling Without Age (“CWA”), a registered non-political, not-for-profit association with its place of business in Copenhagen, Denmark. The general purpose of this Agreement is to permit Affiliate to implement the Cycling Without Age program within the Affiliate’s designated facility or territory, as applicable.
The Agreement constitutes a social as well as legal contract between you (the Affiliate) and Cycling Without Age and is a way to build fellowship and friends. Once you join Cycling Without Age, you automatically belong to a community of like-minded generous people who love to ride their bicycles and to share that love with others who may not be able to ride.
1. What Is The Purpose of Cycling Without Age?
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.
2. Guiding Principles
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.
Generosity permeates every single activity in Cycling Without Age and works its magic at many different levels.
Pilots (the rickshaw/trishaw drivers) train each other in the simple art of riding a trishaw. They spread the good word and recruit new pilots through wonderful stories, not because it’s an obligation, but because they want to. And pilots tell delightful stories from the rides to nursing home staff and actively build relationships with the staff.
Nursing home staff create a welcoming environment and culture for pilots. They help organize all the practical stuff. They pass on the stories from pilots and their passengers to encourage more elderly to want to go for bicycle rides.
And cities and municipalities help each other getting started by providing expert advice, by sharing stories and experiences, and by lending out trishaws or staff to other cities to encourage and boost start-up.
As an Affiliate in the Cycling Without Age movement you are also expected to show generosity to other people who wish to become part of Cycling Without Age in your city. Invite people along, engage in conversation, meet, have town hall meetings. Involve people in cycling, event planning and other activities.
We aim to spread happiness wherever we go.
Out of respect for others and the environment we cherish being slow. Slow cycling is a key principle and ensures that pilots, passengers, pedestrians and other road/path users have good experiences when being part of or meeting a Cycling Without Age cycle group.
Slowness 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.
As part of your agreement with Cycling Without Age, you agree that you will not pilot a trishaw with one or more passengers in it at a speed greater than 20 km/h (12.5 mph). You also agree that you will otherwise travel at reasonable, safe speeds for the conditions and will not use mobile devices while the trishaw is in motion, and only when the trishaw brake is in the ‘parked’ position.
When we grow older, we lose the witnesses to our lives and to our stories, and being in nursing homes may isolate us and prevent us from building new relationships.
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. Storytelling is crucial for building and spreading the movement and we encourage everybody to participate. Even a single line, a chat, a tweet, an image or a couple of sentences.
Similarly, younger less-abled people have their own stories to tell, and may find that they miss out on the opportunity to interact with their community and becoming part of the story. Cycling Without Age helps connect people with communities, and keeps the stories going.
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.
2.5 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.
3. The Active Bike
Once you have a trishaw, it becomes the focal point for the five principles, but it can only work its magic when it’s on the road. In Cycling Without Age we commit to making sure the trishaws are active and are constant tools for good experiences, new relationships and stories.
The many stories from Cycling Without Age all over the world show us the great experiences in giving residents in nursing homes and retirement communities renewed energy from getting wind in their hair during bike rides. We see Cycling Without Age used as a unique tool of everyday rehabilitation and creating vital relations and special moments of joy between pilots, passengers and personnel.
Cycling Without Age has developed a methodology for building relationships, creating experiences and promoting active citizenship in local communities. The Affiliate Agreement will help spread the movement, increase awareness and ensure quality delivery. If you are a professional organization, a municipality or an individual wanting to work professionally with Cycling Without Age you can join the movement and we provide you with the network, the knowledge and the training to get started.
The categories of agreement are as follows:
Individual: Royalty-free. Allows private individuals to purchase a trishaw and operate a Cycling Without Age chapter within a designated geographic territory.
Professional: Royalty-free with the purchase of a Cycling Without Age trishaw. Allows a designated elder care facility to operate a Cycling Without Age chapter with the purchased trishaw.
Municipal: Royalty-free with the purchase of one or more Cycling Without Age trishaws. Allows a designated municipality to operate a Cycling Without Age chapter with the purchased trishaws. Fee-based memberships may be offered by local/national CWA organizations based on municipal population. Please contact Cycling Without Age for more information.
Other: We also offer Affiliate programs for organizations and private corporations. Please contact Cycling Without Age for more information.
4.1 Cycling Without Age Program
As a Cycling Without Age Affiliate you are part of the international change-making movement creating life-affirming bike rides and relationships between elderly people and voluntary cycle pilots.
As a Cycling Without Age Affiliate you have access to:
- The Community of Cycling Without Age: Both global and national networks (Podio)
- A growing research and knowledge bank (Podio)
- Periodic Cycling Without Age academies and training courses for staff, pilots, and instructors
- Periodic long rides
- Several summits per year and invitations as contributor
- Brand Book and visual identity package
- Online resources and support
- Continuing education and development of strategies designed to bring Cycling Without Age to a wider audience
- National Cycling Without Age organizations (depending on country) that provide country-specific information and services.
Cycling Without Age is a grassroots movement with a very small group at the Copenhagen Hub. Think of our organization as a wheel: The hub in the middle containing our dream, guiding principles and sources of inspiration – our joint purpose. The tyre is where all the fun and action takes place: Rides, cycle pilots, passengers, and interaction with the local community.
We have been incredibly successful with this movement due to the peer to peer support from everyone involved. We enjoy nothing else than to support and encourage all affiliates with the establishment of their own chapter but also rely heavily on the Cycling Without Age community to help balance the expectations which can be fulfilled by our small group at the Hub.
4.2 Bicycle rides are always free
You agree that neither you nor any person operating a Cycling Without Age trishaw under your Affiliate Agreement will charge fees to any individual for bike rides. The concept of Cycling Without Age is based on providing free bike rides for elderly or disabled persons. We do make exceptions for long rides, where reasonable charges for meals and accommodation may be applied.
5. Limited License
Cycling Without Age is the owner of all intellectual property rights pertaining to the services that you are given a license to, including but not limited to trademarks, designs, copyrights, drawings, documentation, user manuals, specifications, designer manuals and know-how (Intellectual Property).
When you accept these terms and conditions, Cycling Without Age will grant you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable license (License) to use the Cycling Without Age Intellectual Property made available to you, such as the name, logo, trademarks, materials made available for reproduction on the website and Cycling Without Age subdomain web page assigned to your geographical area/local community, which will be specified in the separated discussion between you and Cycling Without Age. Your use of the Intellectual Property and your operation of the Cycling Without Age chapter must comply with the rules set forth in the following:
You further agree that you shall only use Cycling Without Age approved trishaws in connection with your provision of services under this Agreement, and that you will purchase such trishaws only from Cycling Without Age approved sellers.
The Agreement term will begin upon your written acceptance of these terms and conditions and will end upon the earlier of (i) Cycling Without Age’s termination of your License at any time in Cycling Without Age’s sole discretion; (ii) your termination 1 month prior to the beginning of a new twelve (12) month period (the “Term”).
After this date The Affiliate Agreement will automatically be renewed for another period of twelve months. The Affiliate is obliged to give Cycling Without Age written notice, if the Agreement should be terminated with a month notice in advance of the expiration of the charged period.
You agree that Cycling Without Age may at its sole discretion and without warning terminate the Agreement at any time during the Agreement period with immediate effect, regardless of your actions, your level of activity, or any other circumstances. In case of an early termination, Cycling Without Age will present you a written notice and any and all usage of the Intellectual Property must immediately cease.
In the event this Agreement terminates for any reason, you agree to remove all Cycling Without Age labels, logos, and identifying marks from any trishaws you may have purchased. You agree to follow Cycling Without Age’s reasonable directions as to what to remove. You understand that from the date the Agreement terminates, you will no longer refer to yourself as a Cycling Without Age Affiliate, and will no longer use any of the Cycling Without Age intellectual property.
6. Waiver of Liability
You agree that you are responsible for all resources, equipment, staff, insurance and other materials necessary or required for operating Cycling Without Age trishaws under your Agreement. Cycling Without Age will not be responsible or liable for providing you with any resources, personnel or materials other than any online resources made available by Cycling Without Age on the website.
Further, you agree to defend and indemnify Cycling Without Age and its officers, employees, and board members for any claims made against it or them in connection with any injuries or property damage incurred in connection with the operation of any trishaw under the Agreement. You acknowledge that you are solely responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Cycling Without Age trishaws and the training of such persons handling the trishaws and spreading the Cycling Without Age message.
7. Choice of Law
The terms of this Affiliate Agreement and the rights, obligations and performance of the Parties hereunder shall be governed by the laws of Denmark, without regard to conflict of laws principles and the CISG. The parties shall make best efforts to resolve all disputes by self-mediation in advance of any litigation. All disputes shall be settled at the Copenhagen City Court as the court of first instance.
Cycling Without Age reserves the right to modify the terms of this Affiliate Agreement at any time. In the event Cycling Without Age elects to do so, it shall provide you with 60 days’ prior advance notice of the effective date of such modification(s). You must notify Cycling Without Age if you do not intend to accept the modified Affiliate Agreement within 30 days of receiving notice of the changes. If you do not do so, you will be deemed to accept the modified terms of this Affiliate Agreement.
9. Affiliate Application
In the event that the application form is unavailable for technical reasons, please send us on email.