ARIZONA NEWS

Nonprofit providing free pedicab rides for elderly, hearing-impaired residents in Tempe

Sep 20, 2021, 4:35 AM
(Courtesy photo/Chase Farber)...
(Courtesy photo/Chase Farber)
(Courtesy photo/Chase Farber)

PHOENIX — Elderly and hearing-impaired people have a new way to get around Tempe Town Lake and other nearby attractions in the city.

Nonprofit organization Cycling Without Age Tempe is providing free electric-assist pedicab rides to older adults with mobility issues and hearing loss.

“We believe these free pedicab rides will help seniors create new relationships and become more connected to their community, all while creating new memories and improving their quality of life,” Laura Kajfez, a volunteer with the nonprofit that has experience serving older adults, said in a press release.

Volunteers with the organization will give the rides on a specially designed three-wheeled electric vehicle, partly purchased with help from a $5,000 sponsorship from the Arizona Lottery.

“Mobility is one of the biggest challenges Arizona’s seniors face, and that is even more true during this COVID-19 pandemic, as they are especially vulnerable to this all-too-often deadly disease,” Gregg Edgar, executive director of the Arizona Lottery, said in the release.

“Our Gives Back Sponsorship to Cycling Without Age will bring some of that mobility and joy back to these seniors. Volunteers also feel a sense of pride for helping to make a difference in people’s lives.”

The nonprofit is working to identify residents who qualify for the program through a partnership with the Tempe Community Action Agency senior independence program and Apache ASL Trails senior living community for deaf adults, according to the release.

A kick-off for the program was held Wednesday at the Escalante Community Garden.

“We’re excited to have a chapter of Cycling Without Age starting up in Tempe,” Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said in the release.

“A program that helps reduce isolation for seniors and connects generations is a ‘win-win.’”

Cycling Without Age, founded in 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark, has chapters in 47 countries and serves more than one million people, according to the release.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

Arizona Department of Revenue seeks owners of $65M in unclaimed property

The Arizona Department of Revenue is trying to find the rightful owners of $65 million in unclaimed bank accounts that belong to 5,000 residents.
1 day ago
(DraftKings Screenshot)...
Associated Press

Arizona collects about $1,500 in fantasy sports tax in first days

Arizona collected just under $1,600 in tax revenue during the first four days of fantasy sports contests after they became legal in August.
1 day ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Ducey announces $3.5M for several small business assistance programs

Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday $3.5 million in funding for several programs aimed at assisting small businesses recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Glendale Police Department - Arizona)...
KTAR.com

Police investigate shooting in parking lot of Glendale gas station

Police are searching for the suspect in a shooting Monday outside a Glendale gas station that left a woman hospitalized with life-threatening injuries.
1 day ago
ADOT photo...
KTAR.com

US 60 closure east of Phoenix area extended as bridge work continues

The old Pinto Bridge didn't come down as expected Monday, leaving U.S. 60 closed indefinitely between Superior and Miami.
1 day ago
FILE - Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs removes her face mask as she addresses the members of...
Kevin Stone

Arizona Sec. Katie Hobbs to testify at US Senate hearing on election threats

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is scheduled to testify Tuesday during a U.S. Senate hearing titled “Emerging Threats to Election Administration.”
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
...
Albertsons

Grill like a pro this fall with tips from Albertsons

As the weather cools and football season kicks off, it’s a great time to fire up the grill and enjoy your favorite outdoor meals.
...
Chris Kennedy

My Special Aflac Duck® taking flight in Arizona

For more than 65 years, Aflac has had the extraordinary opportunity and privilege to help provide peace of mind to individuals who have our supplemental insurance policies.
Nonprofit providing free pedicab rides for elderly, hearing-impaired residents in Tempe