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Stevens Point looks to bring cycling to every age

(WSAW)
Published: Sep. 18, 2017 at 6:23 AM CDT
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A program aimed at getting the elderly active once again looks to roll its way into Portage County.

Michelle Bachaus from the Wisconsin Bike Federation and Tori Jennings, Stevens Point First District Alderperson joined the Sunrise 7 team to discuss the need for a program like Cycling Without Age in Portage County.

Cycling Without Age gives the elderly or less-abled people an opportunity to go on a bike ride. The program began in Copenhagen when Ole Kassow designed a trishaw that could accommodate nursing home residents. Since 2012, the program has spread to more than 33 countries around the world. There are a number of successful programs in place in Wisconsin.

Cycling Without Age gives the elderly and less-abled people an opportunity to remain an active part of society and the local community. It gives the elderly the right to wind in their hair, the right to experience the city and nature close up from the bicycle and by giving them an opportunity to tell their story in the environment where they have lived their lives.

According to Jennings, Stevens Point is an ideal community for a Cycling Without Age program. In addition to its flat topography and proximity to the Green Circle Trail, downtown Stevens Point has several facilities that serve the elderly.

The goal is to raise funding for the purchase of three trishaws through grants and donations.

After the purchase of the bikes, Jennings says the program would be run coordinators and volunteer driven. Because of the volunteers the program looks to build bridges between generations, and reinforces trust and respect.

For more information contact: Tori Jennings, 715-344-7377 or aldertori.jennings@gmail.com.