Ole Kassow took his first ride on a trishaw in 2012.
He’d always liked to bike, and the pedal-powered cart of sorts was a solution he found for getting seniors outside on wheels.
His first ride quickly rolled into a full-fledged nonprofit, Cycling Without Age, that pairs pilots — cyclists that steer the trishaws — with seniors who want a biking experience but can’t get in the saddle themselves. After months of work, the organization is preparing to open a chapter in Jackson Hole, starting with the first trishaw housed at Legacy Lodge at Jackson Hole.
Though chapter co-captains Kristen Simpson and Andrea Mazer have taken the trishaw on a maiden roll around the property, the bike hasn’t yet been out on the trails. Simpson hopes the chapter will have trained enough pilots to start wheeling around May.
“It’s going to be a really great way for us to get our senior residents reconnected with the community,” Simpson said, “and it’s an opportunity to get them out in the fresh air and the beautiful countryside.”
The chapter also aims to add at least another trishaw or two to its stable, with sights set on offering rides to residents of the St. John’s Living Center.
Since the launch in Copenhagen, Denmark, seven years ago, over 1,600 Cycling Without Age chapters have opened in 40 countries, Kassow said. Approximately 29,000 volunteers have been trained to pilot the electric-assist trishaws.
“Almost anyone can be a pilot,” said Kassow, who flew to Jackson for a recent informational meeting at Legacy Lodge. “It is easy, and it is awesome. It is a wonderful ride.”