BPAC and Cycling without Age

Cycling without Age is an organization that brings cycling to people with limited mobility.  It started in Denmark as a way to help elderly people get out and about and “feel the wind in their hair.”  Cycling without Age uses a rickshaw type bicycle where passengers are seated in front, and a “pilot” pedals and steers from the rear.

Cycling without Age presented at the November BPAC Meeting.  They are starting operations in the Washington, D.C. area.  You can follow them on their facebook page.  Cycling without Age Facebook.

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Alexandria, VA’s Operation Illumination hands out free bike lights and reflective gear.

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Reflectors placed on moving joints (think ankles) can greatly increase a cyclists visibility to drivers and can significantly improve a driver’s response time even if the cyclist had already been wearing a reflective vest and headlight.   You can read about a study on driver response to cyclists with and without ankle and knee reflectors here.

Headlights and rear reflectors and lights are still important.  Every night rider should have them.  Consider adding reflective elements to your knees and ankles.  The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the City of Alexandria handed out free bike lights and reflective ankle and arm bands as part of Alexandria’s Operation Illumination.

 

Free maps, bike lights and reflective bands:

Give away locations were:

  • Holmes Run at Beatley Bridge – 7 am – 9 am.
  • Four Mile Run at Four Mile Park parking lot at Mount Vernon Avenue – 4 pm – 6 pm.
  • Carlyle Pedestrian Tunnel at Duke Street (Carlyle side of the tunnel) – 4 pm – 6 pm.

A Capital Bikeshare bike and program information were available to view at each location. Ask us if you would like to know more about Capital Bikeshare.  will have reflective bands,  handouts on TDM, safety, and BPAC info cards.