Miles of Smiles Colorado Inc. (MoS) is a Colorado nonprofit corporation and holds 501(c)3 tax status from the IRS. MoS is committed to bringing trishaws to many more Colorado nursing home residents than currently have access. MoS is working diligently to encourage nursing homes to fund their share of the acquisition cost not covered by the potential CMS grant, and establish a recruitment, training, retention, and motivation programs for the cyclists propelling the trishaws and providing attention to the passengers. Our passengers and cyclists are encouraged to share stories and become friends, all while riding in a natural environment, at a safe and secure pace.
MoS, remains a part of the global Cycling Without Age network headquartered in Copenhagen Denmark, Through this loose affiliation, MoS can share its experiences with and learn from the more than 2,000 active chapters in locations around the world.
MoS’s mission is to provide an avenue for Colorado seniors to experience life riding in nature and outside the confines of their senior facilities by being a passenger on a trishaw piloted by our trained cyclists. It is our goal to have enough trishaws located around the state that by 2030 trishaws will be used to offer at least 10,000 rides each year.
We strive to build bridges between generations and reinforce trust and respect by providing older adults in Colorado the opportunity to remain active and reduce their sense of isolation. We share happy memories, and our passengers enjoy the feeling of freedom, adventure, and hope.
Founder Ed Wittman has lived in Boulder for 30 years and in Colorado for more than 45 years. He retired in 2015 after almost 50 years as a serial entrepreneur, founding, leading, and building companies in the medical devices, oil services, and cybersecurity industries among others. He has also been active in the nonprofit world having served on a number of boards including MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault), MOB (Museum of Boulder), and the Rotary Club of Boulder Valley, Rotary Club of Denver Mile High, and their respective Rotary Club Foundations. He also served as Club President for the Boulder Valley Rotary Club.
Ed is now focusing considerable time to the development and growth of Miles of Smiles Colorado Inc. and its trishaw ride operation in the Boulder County area, bringing his love of cycling, concern for the issues of aging, and commitment to service toward others.
He is committed to this project and hopes to have at least 35 more trishaws operating in Colorado within the next three years.
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