Check out Barb's interview about CWAL and its amazing impact on the community!
CWA Lakewood founder Gary Harty & CWA inventor Ole Kassow of Denmark are interviewed for Active Towns podcast - great exposure for CWA chapters worldwide!
Barb was interviewed by KOSI for their 7:30am Sunday morning talk show!
A journalist for PBS was on the Platte River Trail and was so taken by the trishaws he saw, he wanted to do a story on CWAL. Click on the button to see the awesome coverage of one of the wonderful birthday trishaw experiences CWAL gives!
The High Line Canal provides unique experiences for all kinds of users. One group is those who participate in the Cycling Without Age, a nonprofit that gives free, wind-in-the-hair experiences to those unable to do so themselves. Participants are taken along trails via a trishaw. But we’re no experts. So we asked Cycling Without Age Board of Director Member Chris Wootten (Chris is also a High Line Hero!) to share more. Here’s Chris’s story.
I grew up a short rock’s throw away from the High Line Canal. In fact, the Canal filled our small pond a few times a year. Needless to say, the High Line Canal has played a key role in my growing up.
I started volunteering for Cycling Without Age Littleton as a pilot in June of 2020. A Pilot! Such a cool title for someone who gets the pleasure of taking one or two people out in our trishaw for an hour or two. What is a trishaw? A trishaw is a 3-wheeled e-bicycle that has a sit-down bench in the front of the bike. We take out those with mobility or stability problems and share an experience along one of the several trails / paths. Many of our older adults used to be very active but life has given them new limitations. With a trishaw experience, our passengers can feel the wind in their hair and experience things that more recently might have seemed less attainable.
I have a few favorite rides I like to take my passengers. The majority of our trishaw experiences begin at RiverPointe Senior Living. A short northbound ride on the Mary Carter Greenway and then a right on the Big Dry Creek Trail leads us to High Line Canal! Go north towards Quincy and we get to enjoy sprawling, unobstructed views of the Rocky Mountains. Go south and discover similar majestic mountain views towards deKoevend Park. There is nary a moment of a lack of conversation when we ride on the High Line Canal and enjoy these amazing views. I remember my passenger Molly just marveled over the beauty of a massive cottonwood tree and asked to stop for photos. We did. Of course, we did (photo attached). FYI, the trishaw ride from RiverPointe to Quincy along the High Line Canal is about a 2.5 hour round trip, all the while the passenger(s) is/are seated restfully and comfortably buckled up in the trishaw.
You do not need to be a resident of RiverPointe! Just note that is where most of our rides originate. To book a ride, please contact Jinny at (414) 861 – 4877. If you are interested in volunteering your time, contact Barb at (720) 231 – 6248. Fun fact: Barb and Jinny are sisters!
ABOUT CYCLING WITHOUT AGE
Cycling Without Age Littleton is a non-profit and 100% donation driven organization. That’s right. There is no charge to the passengers and our pilots are 100% volunteers. If this tugs at your heartstrings like it did mine, please consider a donation and allow us to continue to offering wind-in-the-hair experiences to all who are unable to do so themselves.
We are proud to protect and enhance a greenway that supports people across the Denver metro region. Help preserve this recreational and ecological for generations to come. Learn about our membership program.
As we all know, Barb Lotze, co-founder of CWAL is a tireless and positive champion of older adults. She volunteers every ounce of her free time toward CWAL's continued impact on this population, ensuring that more and more older adults and those who aren't able to themselves, can have wind in their hair experiences while connecting with nature and other people.
CWAL has grown exponentially, thanks to Barb's enthusiastic vision - bringing trishaws to more and more senior living residences, conducting many birthday trishaw experiences, and attracting upwards of 40 volunteer pilots!
Barb also works full-time as an Integrated Health Specialist for Aviant Healthcare, providing one-to-one care for patients and their families through their life journeys, educating them on what palliative and hospice care offers.
The Colorado Council on Aging took notice and are awarding Barb with the prestigious Allen Buckingham Senior Leadership Legacy Award. Allen M.A. Buckingham served on the Colorado Commission on Aging from 1986 to 1998. The Commission's annual Senior Legacy Award was awarded posthumously to Allen in December 1998 and the event was renamed in his honor.
Allen served on the national AARP Board of Directors, as regional director of the Region VIII U.S. Administration on Aging, and held other key positions during his career. Allen promoted the needs of older persons, especially that they live in dignity, have freedom and choice, and realize full and active participation in their society.
We can't think of a more deserving person of this honor - we are so proud of you, Barb
- congratulations and we know you will keep up the good work!
Check out this 100th birthday celebration for Rae in her 'old haunts' of the Bear Creek area