Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care, located at 2800 Des Plaines Ave., is thrilled to announce its official partnership with Cycling Without Age, an international movement that helps seniors get back into their communities and enjoy nature on custom-built, three wheel “trishaw” cycles that are piloted by specially trained drivers. The simple act of taking bike rides builds bridges between generations and offers life enriching, active fun to seniors. Inaugural pilots will kick off the first Cycling Without Age rides in Illinois at a launch event on May 9th at 9 a.m. on the Caledonia Senior Living campus. Residents, family members and the community will be invited to BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike – to the kickoff event and cheer on the first residents and their pilots on the ride.
An initiative that originated in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2012, Cycling Without Age has since spread to over 1,200 chapters with 2,000 trishaws in 40 countries around the world, including the United States. Caledonia Senior Living will establish the first chapter in Illinois at their campus in North Riverside.
“Caledonia Senior Living is a community where residents feel valued and loved,” says Jim Boyle, who recently retired as Administrator of Caledonia Senior Living and is volunteering his time to spearhead the Cycling Without Age program. “With this new initiative, we hope we can bring even more joy to seniors who feel limited by their mobility and will once again experience the pleasure of biking outdoors. And as they travel through the neighborhood, they’ll feel the wind in their hair.”
“Caledonia Senior Living is the principal charity of the Chicago Scots, the oldest 501c3 non-profit in Illinois, which was established in 1845,” explained Chicago Scots President, Gus Noble “Scotland’s is the world’s first country to adopt Cycling Without Age as a Government supported national initiative, so it makes perfect sense for the Chicago Scots, the first nonprofit in Illinois, to launch Cycling Without Age’s first chapter in Illinois.”
With this new partnership, Caledonia Senior Living will help build and foster new relationships between generations, among older adults, between pilots and passengers, residents and family members, and employees and family members giving seniors an opportunity to connect to their community and enjoy fresh air.
Illinois’ first two trishaws were generously donated by Walgreens Boots Alliance’s Scottish born Chief Operating Officer, Alex Gourlay, and Bob Crawford, founder and former Chairman of Brook Furniture Rental. Both Gourlay and Crawford will be the inaugural pilots during the first Cycling Without Age rides in Illinois at a launch event on May 9th at 9 a.m. on the Caledonia Senior Living campus. Residents, family members and the community will be invited to BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike – to the kickoff event and cheer on the first residents and their pilots on the ride.
In addition, Caledonia Senior Living will partner with the Center on Gerontology at Concordia University in River Forest to monitor and measure the outcomes of this initiative and its effectiveness within the community.
For more information on Cycling Without Age or Caledonia Senior Living, please visit caledoniaseniorliving.org or call 708-447-5092.