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Nonprofit Spotlight: Cycling Without Age Rides into St. Mary’s County

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Christina Allen is inspired by many things. She is a prominent local artist and book illustrator whose work is featured at the North End Gallery, Leonardtown, and Corn Crib Studio & Publishing. Her bio from the Gallery reveals that Christina has been a professional artist for nearly 40 years. She has shown her work in juried regional, national, and invitational international exhibitions and there are collectors of her work on no less than three continents.

She lives in Southern Maryland, on a small farm, with her husband Frank, president of the nonprofit Patuxent Tidewater Land Trust. Together they enjoy sustainable gardening and raise much of their own food. Some days Christina can be found spinning her sheep’s wool or on the Chesapeake Bay in the 14-foot wooden wineglass wherry boat she built. She’s an avid handweaver, spinner, and knitter who, most recently, can also be found cycling on a trishaw.

People riding a CWA trishawWhat’s a trishaw, you ask? It’s a three wheeled cargo-style tricycle, built by Copenhagen Cycles in Denmark, that seats two passengers up front, while the “pilot” pedals in the rear seat. The Cycling Without Age movement founded by Ole Kassow of Copenhagen, operates as an international nonprofit organization with over 1,600 chapters in 40 countries. Ole wanted to help the elderly or less-abled outdoors again and reconnected with community. He started offering trishaw rides to the local nursing home residents. Christina’s chapter, Cycling Without Age, St. Mary’s County (CWASMC), is the first in Maryland.

CWASMC provide rides to anyone who enjoys seeing the world at a more leisurely pace and feeling the wind in their hair. In fact, CWASMC is offering free, 30-minute romantic Valentine’s Day rides throughout Leonardtown’s Historic Downtown. Special Valentine’s gifts will be offered to passengers for this event by the merchants of downtown Leonardtown.

A trishaw seats two medium-sized passengers comfortably. The oldest combined ages of passengers riding on February 14 will receive a special Valentine’s gift. However, there is no age requirement to take a ride. Treat yourself and a loved one to a Valentine’s Day ride but sign up soon as there are only a limited number of slots remaining between 12 and 4 p.m. that day.

For more information, contact or 301-247-3285.  
Special thanks go to the supporters of CWASMC’s Valentine’s Day Romantic Rides in Leonardtown: The North End Gallery, David’s Flowers, The Good Earth Natural Food Store, Crazy for Ewe, and St. Mary’s County Arts Council.