Our new triobike has arrived and we need pilots.

Location:
Napier
Organisation:
Cycling Without Age
Category:
Social Support
Hours:
Both/Flexible

When we grow older, we tend to lose our personal mobility; and along with that, the simple pleasures of just being outdoors, feeling the sun on your skin, the wind in your hair, and seeing the world go by. Cycling Without Age is about reliving those experiences – it’s all about connecting people with their community and lifting spirits.

Come and join Napier's new Cycling Without Age chapter, its an amazing experience. Nothing beats witnessing the joy of the elderly, pilots and personnel who interact on and around the Triobike (trishaw) and seeing the smiles of passengers coming back from their first ride with wind in their hair, rosy cheeks and full of stories. Be a part of the movement of Cycling Without Age spreading all over the world and now here in Napier.

Our new electric assist triobike is waiting for you to step on the pedals as a pilot (after training) and get Napier's elderly community out to see the world again.
Here, you can make a difference in a rewarding community volunteer role while meeting new people and even getting some free exercise.
If you have strong legs and agree with our guiding principles – then come and train to become a pilot with Cycling Without Age. If you are experienced on an electric bicycle or a cargo bike, then you won’t need much practice before you are on the road (or the bike path).

As long as you can ride a bicycle and a desire to help others, then there is plenty of space for you. Our pilots around the world come from many walks of life: directors, families, senior citizens and students. Our Napier Chapter inducts and trains pilots based on the principles – and under the motto: “Hurry up slowly – turn softly”.

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 Principles:
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.

Slowness: 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.

Storytelling: Older adults 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 older adults, between pilots and passengers, care home employees and family members. Relationships build trust, happiness and quality of life.

Without Age: 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.

Requirements:

Over 18 years and possess a valid Drivers Licence
Be able to ride an electric assist bike.
Have maturity and empathy to relate to the elderly
Abide by Cycling Without Age Guiding Principles
Like meeting new people and be able to have fun.
Be COVID vaccinated
An Application Form From Cycling Without Age will be sent to you on Registration.

A Police background check is required for this role.

Time commitment:

As arranged with the coordinator.

Getting started:
The first step is to express your interest by filling out the form below. We will then put you in touch directly with the organisation for more information on the role and how to proceed.

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