Bryan Plug, chairperson of Cycling Without Age in Sarnia, sits in one of the "trishaws" the group uses to provide rides for seniors. With him is Dick Felton, one of the program’s trained "pilots." Article content
Bryan Plug says he hopes Sarnia’s Cycling Without Age program can reach 1,000 rides a summer by next year. Article content
Representatives of the Bluewater Cycling Organization and others gathered Friday next to Sarnia’s Strangway Community Centre to celebrate a new storage shed the city built for the group’s gear, including three “trishaws” used to take seniors for rides. Article content
The electrically-assisted vehicles are pedalled by “pilots,” while one or two seniors ride on seats at the front.
“Our mission is to create an active, healthy and connected community for ages four to 94,” said Plug, who chairs the local Cycling Without Age program.
The Bluewater group’s activities include a youth cycling program and Cycling Without Age for those at the other end of the target group, Plug said.
“Two years ago I wanted to take my dad out for a bike ride,” he said about how it got started. “He loved bike riding as a kid.” Article content Recommended from Editorial That led to securing specially designed trishaws and taking his father for a ride on one through Canatara Park. Plug said his father called the experience “spectacular,” because he could feel the wind, “smell the trees and smell the flowers.”Plug started a pilot program last fall with a seniors’ independent living residence […]