Recruiting Volunteer Pilots for “Cycling Without Age”

Cycling Without Age volunteer pilots Dennis Dell’Accio (left) and Kevin Sullivan (right) with passengers in their electric-assist pedicab. Photos from Hartford Courant Community and CWA.

We’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the international Cycling Without Age non-profit organization, which began in Copenhagen, Denmark and now has over 2,700 chapters in 52 countries. The CWA West Hartford chapter is one of the first three in the United States — and the first in the Northeastern US — and was launched in 2015 by Lene Bruun, a Danish citizen who led the fundraising effort when she resided in West Hartford.

“Cycling Without Age” focuses on regaining mobility and building stronger communities, especially in the lives of elderly people who experience limited movement. CWA trains volunteer pilots to safely provide free rides to passengers in an electric-assist three-wheeled pedicab, typically from nursing homes or senior centers to destinations such as parks, festivals, or simply a ride down “memory lane.” CWA believes in “The Right to Wind In Your Hair.”

Volunteer to become a trained CWA pilot, which requires about 2-3 hours. Trained pilots can offer free rides to passengers by appointment at our partner organizations, based on days and times that work for your schedule. The CWA West Hartford chapter currently has four active pilots (Kevin Sullivan, Dan Firestone, Dennis Dell’Accio, Rick Barna) and wishes to recruit and train more. Contact Kevin Sullivan by email ( or mobile phone 860-690-4576.

Learn more about the Cycling Without Age West Hartford chapter, and see also the CWA WH Facebook page, as well as a 2016 book about the chapter by CCSU Professor Mary Collins and her students.