A 16-year-old WHS student started a rickshaw business at Wilton Center

Colin Gilmore founded the College Bound Rickshaws. (photo: Contributed)

The school goes out for the summer for students from Wilton, s Wednesday, June 22 like the first day of summer vacation. For high school in Wilton rising junior Colin GilmoreJune 22 also marks the official start date of his new business, Rickshaws tied to college.

College Bound Rickshaws is a company dedicated to helping teen employees raise money for college by offering rickshaw services at the Wilton Center along River Rd. ■ area. It will offer transportation and services primarily to those living in and around the Wilton Village area.

Gilmore said College Bound Rickshaws will provide transportation for customers to walk around the Wilton Center area so they can get to one place quickly or just travel in peace. The rides will be free for riders, but donations in the form of tips for drivers are encouraged. A percentage of the donations will go to select Wilton-based charities and individual 529c driver savings education plans.

The 16-year-old also started a business as an LLC and is fully insured.

The service will be available mainly in spring, summer and autumn, when people will enjoy the outdoors more often.

As a resident of Wilton Center, Gilmore noted the lack of connectivity in the center of Wilton. “When family and friends visited, there was no activity or way to show them the Wilton Center in a fun and engaging way,” Gilmore said. “I wanted to propose a solution to the city that brought the community together with a business that is green and sustainable, because the fight against climate change is important to me.

The rickshaw will provide services in the heart of downtown Wilton and will serve the area, including around all apartments at Wilton Cross, Avalon, Glen Ridge, River Ridge and on Wilton Station Let’s start with. Future plans include the relevant condominium areas and The village of Canondale.

College Bound Rickshaws is able to provide a free ride thanks, in part, to the donation and support of Cincinnati Cathedral in southern Ohio. IN Very Reverend Owen C. ThompsonDean of Christ Church Cathedral praised Gilmore for his ingenuity and effort.

“Today, our young people face countless existential challenges and situations. From the climate crisis to gun violence, one can easily come to terms with cynicism, despair and apathy. And yet, when you meet a young man like Colin Glimore who is committed to improving his community through service, one cannot help but hope. Indeed, through his creativity and generosity of spirit, Colin represents the best of us, and I am grateful that there are young people like him who are willing to empower, serve, and give of themselves to influence the positive. change in his community and the bigger world, ”Thompson said.

Photo: contributed

College Bound Rickshaws also has the support of high school in Wilton and Wilton Go Green.

“Colin is a great student who had a vision for this rickshaw concept and made it happen. This demonstrates his ingenuity and creativity, as well as his commitment to the environment. This is another example of the promise of our students, who are so talented and who want to commit to opportunities to contribute to their community, “said WHS Director Dr. Robert O’Donnell.

Gilmore offered several travel ideas, including adult grocery stores, evening riders’ meetings, or visits to the Wilton Restaurant by groups of friends. Rickshaw is also available for events such as weddings, birthdays or special occasions.

Short trips can be booked through the company’s website or by calling 203.451.6442.

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