Cycling Without Age Americas Summit held in Canmore
Canmore, Alberta – Cycling Without Age, an international organization dedicated to helping seniors connect with their community by taking them on cycle tours, held its Americas Summit in Canmore this year and wrapped up the Summit by having volunteers from the local chapter of the group take local retirement home residents on a tour of the town, starting at Origin at Spring Creek, where the nine specially-designed rickshaw-like ‘trishaws’ used for the tours are stored.
Photo caption: Cycling Without Age volunteers take residents from Origin at Spring Creek on a mountain ride as the organization wrapped up its North American Summit.
Photo credit: Cindy Drury
“We’re super proud to be involved with the Cycling Without Age group locally,” says Cindy Drury, general manager at Origin at Spring Creek seniors’ residence. “Helping our residents stay connected with and involved in the community is a big part of our program here at Origin and we’re more than happy to store the trishaws and set out the welcome mat as the gathering point for the tours. Our residents love the program and use it often.”
The worldwide phenomenon that is the Cycling Without Age movement began several years ago in Copenhagen, Denmark, when Kassow – who actually helped kick-start the Canmore chapter and was in Canmore for the summit – borrowed a rickshaw to help transport local seniors with mobility issues around his Danish hometown.
Since then, the organization has grown to include chapters in 38 countries and across Canada, with local chapters in Canmore, High River, Camrose, Calgary, Edmonton, Beaumont and a brand-new chapter launching soon in Invermere, BC.
“This is my third trip to Canmore and I am definitely ready to pedal seniors around town,” says Ole Kassow, global founder of Cycling Without Age. “I still ride with seniors in Denmark every week and when I visit chapters around the world. This year I rode with local seniors in great places like Singapore, Denver, Jackson Hole and Sweden, but the highlight was definitely in Canmore where I ended up riding a trishaw on snow covered paths at minus 25 C.”
The Summit is a collaboration between the Canadian Country Chapter, the local chapter in Canmore and the CWA Hub in Copenhagen and drew members from around the globe to Canmore.
“Summit Attendees took part in three days of inspiring speakers and productive workshops, sharing experience and knowledge and connecting with other chapters,” says Lu Douce, program coordinator with the Town of Canmore’s Family and Community Support Services, who provide funding and coordinate volunteers for the program. “Fittingly, the last day of the Summit, wrapped-up with a group ride with all delegates cycling and nine volunteers on the trishaws with seniors enjoying a mountain ride through Canmore.”
In addition to the Canmore chapter and Origin involvement, there’s another local connection as the Ami Trishaw, one of the styles of trishaw specifically approved by Cycling Without Age, is manufactured by a Calgary company, Cycles Toussaint. The company has established a social venture arm that strives to enable people of all walks of life to “Ride Their Journey”, with the sole focus of the venture being to further enable the growth of the Cycling Without Age movement in Canada.
In Alberta, Origin Active Lifestyle Communities is a longtime member of the International Council of Active Aging (ICAA) and one of the first local senior residences to fully embrace intergenerational active living by offering the physical location, engaging environment and multi-generational programming to keep residents active, healthy and happy as they transition from independence to assisted living to complex care through their senior years.
Origin at Spring Creek features state-of-the-art facilities, including fitness, dining, spa, entertainment and a new woodworking shop. The aqua-therapy salt water pool is quite popular, as is Origin’s unique Evergreen Spa, which provides a revolutionary approach to aesthetics and wellness for aging seniors and programs like Aqua Zumba, Aqua Walking and water balance training that provide maximum health benefits in a fun, social setting.
To further get into the spirit of things, promote active living and connectivity, Origin is offering all local seniors age 65+ who come tour the seniors’ residence during the month of September the opportunity to experience the freedom of a trishaw ride for themselves.
“The trishaws help to bring different generations together, and make residents of the lodge feel part of the community – all while doing something they enjoy but can no longer do on their own,” says Drury. “It’s a perfect partnership for us.”
Volunteers can contact the local chapter of Cycling Without Age via the Town of Canmore Family and Community Support Services at 403-678-7136 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information:
Cycling Without Age visit https://cyclingwithoutage.ca/americas-summit
Canmore chapter, visit https://cyclingwithoutage.ca/canmore
403 880 5410
403 921 2001
About Origin at Spring Creek
Origin operates innovative, industry leading active lifestyle communities across Canada. With senior residences in Ontario, Alberta and BC, Origin has more than 23 years of experience in senior housing and supported living services. Its active living philosophy promotes better living through active life enrichment programs, combined with executive chef prepared, nutritionally balanced cuisine and resident-focused care when required.