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Cycling Without Age Gives Seniors Access to Bikes, Community and Camaraderie

Cycling Without Age Gives Seniors Access to Bikes, Community and Camaraderie

The trishaw’s bench seat can fit up to two passengers comfortably and is covered by a canopy. The pilot sits behind them and drives the…

Thursday, Mar 17

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The trishaw’s bench seat can fit up to two passengers comfortably and is covered by a canopy. The pilot sits behind them and drives the bike safely and slowly. Photo courtesy of Wisconsin Bike Fed. One of the perks of cycling is that it’s an activity that can be enjoyed for a lifetime. Many of us learn as children and continue well into late adulthood. But what about those who once loved to cycle, but now, because of age or mobility issues, no longer can?

John and Diane Ludwigsen hope to provide a solution for that demographic through Cycling Without Age. The international nonprofit organization – founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2012 by Ole Kassow – believes that everyone has “the right to wind in your hair” and helps seniors to experience just that through the use of piloted trishaws, which are light, three-wheeled cycles that are popular in communities in East Asia.

“The trishaw is a specialized, electric-assist cargo bike,” Diane Ludwigsen said.

The Ludwigsens recently launched an affiliate chapter in Door County and hope to begin offering free rides to residents of Scandia Village and members of the YMCA and Aging and Disability Resource Center beginning June 1.

“It all began with a simple meeting on a bike trail in Prairie du Sac,” Ludwigsen said. “My husband, John, passed a trishaw carrying two elderly passengers who were smiling and chatting.”

John inquired about the bike, pilot and passengers, and he learned they were part of a local Cycling Without Age chapter. That […]

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