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Benedictine Living Community-Crookston launches Cycling Without Age Program

Benedictine Living Community-Crookston launches Cycling Without Age Program

Benedictine residents and staff with the new trishaw bike (Submitted) On May 26, 16 Benedictine Living Community-Crookston associates trained to be trishaw pilots with Cycling…

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Benedictine residents and staff with the new trishaw bike (Submitted)

On May 26, 16 Benedictine Living Community-Crookston associates trained to be trishaw pilots with Cycling Without Age trainer Jake Krohn.

Cycling Without Age is a global movement, launched in Denmark, that seeks to engage older adults in trishaw rides to improve the health and emotional well-being of both the volunteer cycle pilots and passengers.

Benedictine Crookston was able to purchase the trishaw by matching a grant of $6200 from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The trishaw is a modified two-person carriage in front of a bike rider. The carriage has a small cover to protect riders from the sun. It is designed so residents needing a mechanical lift, for transferring, can be assisted into the seat. The bike also has a small motor on its back wheel to assist the rider in navigating hills and other terrains.

Benedictine Crookston residents and tenants are excited to have this addition hitting the sidewalks and bike paths. One resident, who was the first to ride, said, “That’s quite the thing to think of, that rig. It rides so smooth.”

Thanks to all the associates who trained to be a volunteer trishaw pilot, to the Auxiliary for purchasing the specialized duffle blanket, and to the Crookston community for supporting the different fundraisers over the past years. Another huge thanks to the grant writing team of Jill Brown, Ashley Persson-Melsa and Karen Swatlowski.

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