By Joe Bachman
STEVENS POINT — Cycling Without Age: A worldwide movement that has a place here in Central Wisconsin.
Cycling Without Age Stevens Point is a local non-profit organization dedicated to providing the elderly, and those with differing abilities and means, to enjoy the outdoors on a bicycle in a social setting. Known as “trishaws”, these tricycle-rickshaw hybrids help those who want to experience activities outdoors, and do so with electric pedal assists than can seat up to two passengers.
While the program started all the way in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2014, the Stevens Point branch is the only central Wisconsin location. According to First District Alder Tori Jennings, it’s the smiles that make this venture more than worth it.
“Seeing the smiles and reactions of seniors made us decide that we need this program in our community.” said Jennings.
The effort will seek to serve 19 senior and assisted living centers, community based residential facilities, and nursing homes throughout Portage County. The hope is to get the program up and running by June of 2018 with the purchase of three trishaws. The program is expected to serve 750 to 1000 in-home care, independent living and assisted living residents the first year.
“Cycling Without Age is spreading happiness and enriching the lives of nursing home residents around the world. We are excited to be working with community partners throughout Portage County to launch the first Cycling Without Age program in Central Wisconsin.”
For more information, please check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CWA.StevensPoint/