Right to have the wind in your hair: Cycling Without Age descends Unionville Main Street | Spare News

A free day of riding was held on September 9 in the main street area of ​​Unionville in Markham, giving older people who can’t ride a bike for themselves a free ride in a electrically assisted bicycle called a trishaw.

The rides, piloted by trained volunteers, offer seniors the opportunity to connect with neighbors and nature.

The event is part of a corporate social responsibility initiative named Project Spotlight, launched by BrokerTeam Insurance, aimed at bringing to light the hidden needs of the community by supporting small local community organizations.

Each year, they support and help promote one to three small local charities. This year they are helping a group in Hamilton called Cycling Without Age — Hamilton and Burlington Chapter.

To inspire local communities in York Region, Project Spotlight invited the Hamilton and Burlington Chapter to visit Markham-Richmond Hill to train volunteers on pedicabs and provide free rides to local seniors.

“We would like readers to know of the existence of the Cycling Without Age movement and hopefully can inspire some to start a local chapter for Markham and York Region,” said Alfred Sung, Head of Engagement at BrokerTeam Insurance.

Jan Finch is one of Hamilton’s riders, she describes the riding experience on the three-wheeled e-bikes as awesome. “People with restricted movement, they could climb on it and go see and enjoy nature.”

“The past two years have put society’s most vulnerable populations and their mental well-being first,” commented William Chan, President of BrokerTeam Insurance, “We hope that through a special visit to York Region, more people will be encouraged to get involved and do more.”

Cycling Without Age is an international program launched in 2012 in Denmark and which now extends to more than 52 countries. There are 60 chapters in Canada. The program gives seniors the wind in their hair, the opportunity to connect with nature and the chance to share their stories.

More information about Project Spotlight 2022 can be found at theprojectspotlight.ca/project-spotlight-2022/.

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